NYSEG crews are still working to restore power to thousands of customers in the Southern Tier after yesterday’s snowstorm.
The American Red Cross has opened 2 shelters in Steuben County, one at Canisteo-Greenwood High School, and the other at the Prattsburgh Fire Department.
Red Cross Operating Shelters in Canisteo and Prattsburgh
Volunteers providing food and water, comfort and support
(CORNING, March 2, 2018) Volunteers from the American Red Cross are operating two shelters. One shelter at Canisteo-Greenwood High School, 84 Greenwood St., opened late this afternoon. A second facility at the Prattsburgh Fire Department, 15 Ailes Street, is scheduled to open at 7 p.m.. The shelters are being established at the request of Steuben County’s Office of Emergency Services.
Area residents affected by power outages, winter storm and other incidents are welcome to either stay at the shelter or stop by the facility, as volunteers are providing food and water, comfort and support.
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
- Extra clothing, 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
- Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
- Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
Staying Safe After a Winter Storm or Blizzard
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Access to some parts of the community may be limited or roads may be blocked.
- Help people who require special assistance—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
- Avoid driving and other travel until conditions have improved.
- Avoid overexertion. Heart attacks from shoveling heavy snow are a leading cause of death during the winter.
- Check on your animals and ensure that their access to food and water is unimpeded by drifted snow, ice, or other obstacles.
- If you are using a portable generator, take precautions against carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution and fire.
People can download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to winter storm and other disaster safety tips, as well real-time weather alerts for their area and where loved-ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
You can help people affected by disasters like winter storms and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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 not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.