Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Red Cross Response to Lake Effect Snow Continues

The American Red Cross continues to operate and support multiple shelters across Western New York in response to the ongoing lake effect snow event. Over 200 people spent Tuesday evening in shelters, and volunteers are currently providing food, water, blankets and additional support at the following locations:

·         Alexander Fireman’s Recreation Hall
10708 Alexander Road, Alexander
·         Amherst Community Center
4255 Harlem Road, Amherst
·         Buffalo Fire Department
(supporting with 50 cots, blankets and comfort kits)
·         Cheektowaga Senior Center (supporting with blankets only)
3349 Broadway, Cheektowaga
·         Depew Senior Center
85 Manitou Street, Depew
·         Lackawanna Senior Center (limited access-attempting to support)
234 Martin Road, Lackawanna
·         Lancaster Fire Department (supporting with food)
525 Pavement Road, Lancaster
·         Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corp
(supporting with 30 cots and 40 blankets)
·         Orchard Park Presbyterian Church
4369 South Buffalo Street, Orchard Park
·         Ripley Fire Hall
11 South State Street, Ripley

In addition to thanking our volunteers who continue to donate their time and talents, the Red Cross wishes to thank Domino’s Pizza, Panera Bread, Tim Hortons and Wegmans for their generous donations to support these shelters, as well as Tops Markets for their support.

With additional lake effect snow warnings in effect for much of the area, Red Cross staff and volunteers remain in contact with emergency officials from across Western New York and are ready to respond as needed.

The Red Cross urges everyone to heed travel warnings and stay off the roads if possible. Residents should ensure that furnace vents are clear of snow in order to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Should residents lose power, don’t use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices in any enclosed area. Locate units away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Additional winter storm safety tips are available at

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