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Cold Weather Shelters Open

American Red Cross of the Western Carolinas has opened three emergency shelters in the Upstate and western North Carolina to serve stranded motorists and individuals experiencing a long-duration power outage. These shelters will operate indefinitely, based on demand.

The Red Cross emergency shelters are located at:

Anderson Civic Center
3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Anderson, SC Trinity Baptist Church
324 Belton Drive
Williamston, SC

Polk County American Red Cross
231 Ward Street
Columbus, NC

The Red Cross encourages anyone coming to an emergency shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family: prescription and emergency medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. Its also important not to forget special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and other items for family members who have unique needs.

The Red Cross Incident Management Team, comprised primarily of trained volunteers, has pre-staged equipment and supplies in strategic locations across the 27 counties in our region. We are collaborating with key partners and government agencies and are prepared to establish additional shelters in the event of long-duration power outages and weather conditions that could strand motorists, said Ann Wright, CEO of the Red Cross, Western Carolinas Region.

To find a Red Cross shelter in your area go to: or call (864) 271-8222. Shelter locations will also be provided to local radio stations so be sure to have access to a battery-operated radio.


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