Red Cross Opens Shelters in West Michigan Due to Floods


The Red Cross of West Michigan is working to open shelters throughout the region for those who have been affected by flooding. The Red Cross has shelters at the following locations:

KENT COUNTY

Kentwood Activities Center, Open

355 48th St. SE; Grand Rapids

Alpine Baptist Church, Opening at 2 p.m.

692 7 Mile Rd. NW; Comstock Park

IONIA COUNTY

Ionia Army Community Center, Open

439 W. Main St.; Ionia

NEWAYGO COUNTY

TrueNorth Community Services, Open

6308 S. Warner Ave.; Fremont

OTTAWA COUNTY

Hudsonville Congregation United Church of Christ

4950 32nd Ave.; Hudsonville

These shelters will help residents who have been forced out of their homes because of flooding by offering a safe and warm place to stay. The Red Cross is in communication with emergency management to see where any additional shelters may be necessary. Those seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if possible: appropriate bedding and blankets and pillows, prescription medications, personal hygiene items, a change of clothes, and any necessary items for infants or the elderly.

If residents need assistance with evacuation, they are encouraged to call 9-1-1.

For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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 charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.