The Red Cross is operating a shelter now open on Martha’s Vineyard at the Tisbury Elementary.
The address is 40 W William Street, Vineyard Haven.
This brings the total number of shelters with Red Cross volunteers up to four: Nauset, Sandwich and Yarmouth opened earlier today.
Please note there is a public-facing app for shelters you can see on your desktop at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/#, or you can download the shelter app on iTunes or GooglePlay.
MINEOLA, NY, Feb. 8 — The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Westbury High School, 1 Post Ave, Old Westbury.
While Long Islanders are encouraged to remain in their owns as the storm hits, the shelter serves as an alternative for those who may not feel safe in their homes.
Cots and blankets will be provided; however, those seeking shelter should bring hygiene gear, pillows, medications, change of clothes, toys for children, and other comfort items.
At this time, no shelters are open in Suffolk County, though volunteers are on alert and shelter supplies have been pre-positioned.
Long Islanders are encouraged to visit http://www.redcross.org for storm safety information and shelter locations. They may also call 1-877-RED-CROSS.
February 8, 2012: The American Red Cross has been busy gearing up for the major winter storm while also continuing recovery efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. At the Greater New York Chapter preparations to position supplies to provide support should they be needed are almost complete. There are thousands of cots, blankets, comfort kits, ready-to-eat meals available in the Greater New York Region with teams of local volunteers on standby to open shelters if needed.
Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) have been prepositioned around the Greater New York area. Large box trucks have been loaded with cots and, clothing and food. The box trucks are loaded with enough supplies to open up a shelter and to support 400 people. Diario Diaz is the Mass Care and Logistics manager for the Greater New York Chapter. Along with team members Raul Nunez and Erin Phillips, Diario has coordinated the loading and positioning of trucks and vehicles.
“In addition to the potential need to open shelters,” Diaz said, “we know that the potential for home fires goes up during a major winter storm and that means we need to have our Disaster Action Team (DAT) vehicles loaded and ready.” The Chapter has alerted volunteers to the possibility they will be called upon to provide disaster support.
The same activity is on-going at Red Cross chapters across the northeast U.S. in preparation for what some are calling an historic storm. Travel over the northeast from New York to Maine may be life threatening Friday night through Saturday afternoon. The American Red Cross advises that people in the affected area to stay home and stay safe. If there is a power outage it is safer to use flashlights than candles.
While the Greater New York Chapter prepares for the winter storm the disaster response operation for Hurricane Sandy continues with little or no interruption. Feeding efforts will be subject to weather safety issues, but the Red Cross will do everything they can to keep delivering meals to affected area.
North Dakota – The North Dakota Highway Patrol says about 800 people have been rescued from vehicles stuck on ice-slicked roads and in drifting snow after a blizzard struck the state creating white-out conditions Friday through Saturday. Pileups and crashes left more than 500 cars abandoned on roads. The governor issued a winter storm emergency and directed the National Guard to assist.
The West Dakota Chapter opened five shelters on Friday night for stranded motorists and provided mass care to the residents.
American Red Cross volunteer Sherri Odell shares her experiences responding to open a shelter during the 2011 blizzard.