GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. –The Red Cross of West Michigan is working to open shelters throughout the region because of the power outages following the severe weather on Sunday. Power is not expected to be restored to many in the region for several days, and due to the cold weather this week the Red Cross is offering a warm and safe place to stay for those in need. The locations and opening times of the shelters are as follows:
American Red Cross of Berrien County, Open
3838 Niles Rd.; St. Joseph, MI 49085
American Red Cross of Battle Creek, Open
14600 Beadle Lake Rd.; Battle Creek, MI 49014
American Red Cross of Kalamazoo, Open
5640 Venture Ct.; Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church, Opening at 12:00 p.m.
1239 Fuller Ave SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49506
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, blankets, and pillows; prescription medications; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary items for infants or the elderly. Residents are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.
A list of open shelters is updated regularly at www.redcross.org/nss. In addition, available shelters can be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado App which also allows users to monitor weather reports.
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.