American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids needs volunteers
KALAMAZOO, Mich., January 20, 2013- The Red Cross of Great Kalamazoo has opened a warming center in Kalamazoo County for those who have lost power due to the recent high winds and winter weather.In response to a request from Kalamazoo County Emergency Management, The Red Cross has opened a heating center at Senior Services located at 918 Jasper St. in Kalamazoo. This center will help residents who do not have heat by offering a safe and warm place to stay.
The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:
• Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
• Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
• Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors, and the nature of the task.
• Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-¬fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
• Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.
• Check on your animals and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles. If possible, bring them indoors.
• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.
For more information on how to give, get trained or get involved with the American Red Cross, visit: www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.