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Mid-South Red Cross Responds to Icy Conditions and Power Outages

The Red Cross offers Shelter and Safety Information for Those Impacted

The American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter has partnered with the City of Memphis Office of Emergency Management to offer safe refuge for stranded motorists and local residents affected by prolonged power outages.

The determination has been made to close one shelter due to the continuation of power being restored in the area. The Charles Powell Community Center will close today at 3 p.m. The Hollywood Community Center will remain OPEN for residents without power and for stranded motorists.

The following shelter is open:

Hollywood Community Center

1560 N. Hollywood

Memphis, TN 38108

“Due to hazardous road conditions and bridge closings in Arkansas, many drivers have rerouted through Tennessee. We are working with the City of Memphis OEM and TEMA to prepare for the potential of stranded motorists this evening in the Mid-South area. Anyone stranded on roadways or affected by power outages are encouraged to seek shelter at the Hollywood Community Center,” said Laura Vaughn, Mid-South Chapter Executive.

The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:

• Prescription and emergency medication

• Extra clothing

• Specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions

• Baby food, formula and diapers for infants and toddlers

• Identification

• Other comfort items


If you are one of the thousands of Mid-Southerners who remain without power, the Red Cross has steps you should follow until your electricity is restored:

• Do not use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning device inside your home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

• Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

• Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

• If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

• Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.

• Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment.

• Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on.

• Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested.

• Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Use perishable food from the fridge first, then use food from the freezer. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will hold its temperature for about 48 hours if the door remains closed.

If it looks like the power will be out for more than a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items. Keep your food in a dry, cool spot and covered at all times.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.