3 p.m. today (Oct. 29) for people needing to leave their homes during the weather events related to Sandy.
Five shelters were opened at noon today, for a total of fifteen. The Red Cross is working closely with government officials and community partners to coordinate this large response.
Berks County: Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, Reading, PA (noon) - pet friendly
Bradford County: Wysox Fire Hall, 111 Lake Road, Wysox, PA (3 p.m.) - pet friendly
Columbia County: Columbia Montour Vocation-Technology School, 5050 Sweppenheiser Drive, Bloomsburg, PA - (3 p.m.) - not pet friendly
Columbia/ Luzerne County Hazleton Senior High School, 1601 West 23rd Street, Hazleton, PA (3p.m.) - not pet friendly
Lackawanna County: Lakeland High School, 1355 Lakeland Dr, Scott Township, PA (3 p.m.)*
North Pocono High School, 97 Bochicchio Blvd., Covington Twp., PA 18444 (3 p.m.)*
Scranton High School, 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton (3 p.m.)*
Jefferson Township Fire Hall, 405 Cortez Road, Jefferson Twp., PA (3 p.m.)*
*Red Cross to make arrangements for pets through Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.
Lehigh/Northampton Counties: UGI, 2121 City Line Road, Bethlehem, PA (noon) - pet friendly
Luzerne County: Dallas Middle School, Conyngham Avenue, Dallas, PA (noon) - not pet friendly
GAR High School, 250 South Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA (noon) - not pet friendly
Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA (noon) - pet friendly
Wyoming Area Secondary Center, 20 Memorial Street, Exeter, PA (3 p.m.) - not pet friendly
Susquehanna County: Susquehanna High School, 3192 Turnpike Street, Susquehanna, PA (3 p.m.) - not pet friendly
Wyoming County: Tunkhannock High School, 135 Tiger Drive, Tunkhannock, PA (3 p.m.) - 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.
The large and powerful storm could affect as many as 60 million people in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and the Red Cross has workers and relief supplies in place to provide help to people in the path of Sandy.
The effects of the storm are already being felt with 128 people spending Saturday night in Red Cross shelters in North Carolina and Virginia. Red Cross workers are preparing to open and support more shelters today as the storm moves northward.
"This storm is dangerous and it's critical to follow the advice of local emergency officials. If people are told to evacuate, they need to do it," said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of Disaster
Services for the Red Cross. "The Red Cross has shelters open and will be opening more throughout the day. Hundreds of disaster workers are ready with relief supplies and emergency vehicles in place to help."
To find a shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/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 http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing, a secure and easy-to-use online tool that helps families connect during emergencies. To register, visit http://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: "This will be a large, costly relief response and we need help now," said national Red Cross officials. "People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief online, by text or by phone."