Press Release: American Red Cross Continues to Operate 9 Shelters in Northeast PA

American Red Cross Continues to Operate 9 Shelters in Northeast PA

BETHLEHEM, PA, October 30, 2012 — The American Red Cross continues to provide services to residents at shelters across the Northeast Pennsylvania.

The following Red Cross shelters remain open or have opened today:

Berks County: Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA – pet friendly

Bradford County: Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Road, Wysox, PA – pet friendly

Lehigh/Northampton counties: UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA – pet friendly
Agricultural Complex (Ag Hall), 19th and Chew streets, Allentown, PA – pet friendly

Luzerne County:
Dallas Middle School, Conyngham Avenue, Dallas, PA – not pet friendly
GAR High School, 250 South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA – not pet friendly
Hazleton Area High School, 1601 West 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA – not pet friendly
Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA – pet friendly

Monroe County:
East Stroudsburg South, 279 North Cortland Street, East Stroudsburg, PA – pet friendly

The following Red Cross shelters are now closed, as the need for them has passed:

Columbia County:
Columbia Montour Vocation-Technology School, 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive, Bloomsburg, PA

Lackawanna County:
Lakeland High School, 1355 Lakeland Dr., Scott Township, PA
North Pocono High School, 97 Bochicchio Blvd., Covington Twp., PA
Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton, PA
Jefferson Township Fire Hall, 405 Cortez Road, Jefferson Twp., PA

Luzerne County:
Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial Street, Exeter, PA

Susquehanna County:
Susquehanna High School, 3192 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA

Wyoming County:
Tunkhannock High School, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock, PA – pet friendly

The Red Cross will provide cots and blankets, meals and emotional care. Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

The Red Cross is working with County Animal Response Teams and other organizations to provide pet sheltering to co-locate with the Red Cross shelter. Please bring a leash, food, water and other supplies for your pet.
To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or check local media outlets. They should also register on the Red Cross Safe and Well website, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.

HOW TO HELP:
People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone. Donations help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Sandy. To donate, people can visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD. The storm has already caused the cancellation of Red Cross blood drives in the region, and more cancellations are expected. To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health.

Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

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