BRATTLEBORO — The American Red Cross announced Tuesday that it will open a regional disaster shelter at Brattleboro Union High School to provide safe shelter for residents in Brattleboro and surrounding communities affected by widespread power outages due to heavy snow and winds.
The shelter will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15.
The Red Cross is managing the shelter in coordination with the Greater Brattleboro community and is working closely with local and state emergency management and government officials.
The organization is partnering with the Vermont Disaster Animal Response Team (VDART) to welcome and manage pets at the shelter.
Individuals evacuating to the Red Cross shelter are advised to bring essential items for each member of their family, including prescription and emergency medications, foods that meet special dietary requirements, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, chargers for electronic devices, books, games, and other forms of entertainment.
The Red Cross stresses the importance of staying indoors during winter weather and wearing layers of loose fitting, lightweight warm clothes.
Until the shelter opens on Wednesday, those impacted by this storm are urged to shelter in place due to hazardous travel conditions.
If you are in need of Red Cross assistance, please call 1-800-464-6692 or Vermont 2-1-1.