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Greater Erie Red Cross Still Proving Relief in Union City & Surrounding Area

UNION CITY, Pa. – In response to Tuesday night’s severe weather, the local American Red Cross continues to provide relief to affected community members throughout the Greater Erie region and Union City. Heading into the weekend, Red Cross workers will continue to be on the ground, assessing the individual needs of affected families and distributing meals and relief supplies.

As part of the continued disaster relief effort, the operation at the Union City Volunteer Fire Department (50 Second Avenue, Union City) will continue throughout today and into tomorrow. Red Cross workers are operating an aid station at the VFD where area residents can stop in for water, meals, snacks and supplies. Additionally, Red Cross workers will be on site to discuss individual needs with affected families. The aid station will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 31 and through lunch on Saturday, June 1.

“Through the weekend, we will continue our efforts to meet the immediate needs in the local community,” said Pamela Masi, executive director of the local Red Cross. “We have ramped up our distribution of food, relief supplies and water as well as mobilized more volunteers to meet one-on-one with affected residents.”

Since Tuesday, the Red Cross has served more than 900 meals at fixed feeding sites and through mobile distribution. The organization continues to hand out relief supplies – including clean-up kits, tarps, garbage bags, rakes, wheel barrows and flashlights – to affected families. Additionally, two emergency response vehicles will canvass communities Friday and Saturday to deliver lunch, dinner and supplies.

BE PREPARED Tornadoes can strike anywhere, at any time, and the best time to get ready is before the weather turns bad. The local Red Cross urges area residence to prepare now for future inclement weather events.

• People in areas at risk for storms should stay informed about changing weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.

• Download the free American Red Cross Tornado App, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross. The app gives mobile device users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.

• More information on tornado preparedness is also available at RedCross.org.

HOW TO HELP You can help local families and individuals affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods, fires and other crises by making a donation to local Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by visiting RedCross.org/Pa/Erie or calling the local Red Cross office at 814-833-0942. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

HOW TO GET HELP Those who have been affected by the inclement weather can stop by the aid station Friday until 8 p.m. or Saturday through lunch to meet with a Red Cross worker. Additionally, those seeking support can call the local chapter at 814-833-0942.

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About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross in Western Pennsylvania serves more than 3.6 million people in 25 counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of approximately 1,000 disasters each year, facilitates vital emergency communications between military members of their loved ones here at home, and trains nearly 118,000 individuals in vital lifesaving skills such as CPR and First Aid. The American Red Cross is not a government agency, nor does it receive funding from its national headquarters except during times of large-scale disasters. It is only through the generosity of the people of Western Pennsylvania that the local Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. For more information, please visit RedCross.org or join our blog at RedCrossWPA.wordpress.com.