American Red Cross Ready to Respond to Storm

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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American Red Cross Ready to Respond to Storm

April 23, 2012 Updated Apr 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A Winter Storm Warning is in effect across Western New York until 7 a.m. Tuesday, with predictions of several inches of heavy, wet snow and winds that could damage trees and power lines, potentially causing power outages.

The American Red Cross is on alert and ready to respond to the emergency needs of those affected by this spring storm.

According to a news release issued Monday:

The Red Cross currently has potential shelter locations on standby throughout the eight county region of Western New York, with volunteers and staff on call ready to provide food, clothing and shelter to those displaced by the storm if necessary. The Red Cross is in constant contact with emergency managers in each county to monitor the situation, and is prepared to open locations if called upon.

Should it become necessary to open shelters, the location of all Red Cross shelters are publicly listed online at http://app.redcross.org/nss-app/, and shelters in Western New York will be updated on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/greaterbuffaloarc) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/buffaloredcross) feeds as well.

The Red Cross urges residents to be safe and to prepare ahead of time for potential emergencies related to this storm. Winter Storm, Power Outage and other safety checklists are available through www.redcross.org, and a free disaster preparedness educational presentation can be set up at any school, business or organization by visiting www.buffaloredcross.org.