Red Cross Opens Shelters Across Ohio

by Erika Brooks on July 1, 2012 at 4:51 am

The Red Cross and Salvation Army have teamed up to provide shelter for those in need during the power outage.

The Salvation Army in Muskingum County, the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center in Guernsey County, Crooksville High School in Perry County, the Senior Center in Morgan County, the Red Cross in Coshocton County and the Recreation Center in Licking County are all operating as cooling centers.

"At the shelters we’re doing cooling stations, we’re providing people with ice and water and that type of thing, to come in, get cooled off. We’re taking care of meals around lunch and dinner and giving them an opportunity to get in from the heat," said Susan Hoskinson of the Muskingum County Red Cross.

The Salvation Army on Putnam Avenue is also offering showers, washing machines and a place to stay overnight. Today Sam’s Club donated a pallet of water bottles.

"For our shelters we’re taking care of basic needs as far as food and water and putting people in air conditioning," said Hoskinson.

Hoskinson says they are not currently delivering ice and water to people’s homes but if there is a need for that you may call the Red Cross at (740) 452-2731.