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Red Cross Opens 5 Emergency Shelters [UPDATE]

Volunteers are staffing shelters in Port Chester, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and Yonkers.

The American Red Cross has opened five emergency shelters in Westchester County.

Shelters, staffed by Red Cross volunteers, are open at:

Port Chester High School
The Boys and Girls Club of Mount Kisco
New Rochelle Albert Leonard Junior High School
Yonkers Lincoln High School
Longfellow Middle School in Mount Vernon

The shelters are free and open to the public, and have food and water available, along with cots.

The Red Cross advises anyone who wants to take advantage of one of the shelters to bring the basic items with them:
- a blanket and pillow, or a sleeping bag
- safeguard important personal documents by bringing them with you to the shelter
- a change of clothing
- prescription medications you may be taking
- if you have a baby, bring baby food and diapers.

The Red Cross says the shelters will remain open as long as needed through the storm.

Red Cross Pets Policy: 

The Red Cross does not accept pets into its emergency shelters except in the case of service animals for people with disabilities. The policy is meant to accommodate as many people as possible in the shelters, including those who have pet allergies, asthma, other health issues, or even a fear of animals, according to the Red Cross.

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