Friday, December 6, 2013

Updated 12/10 9:15am: Winter Storm Shelter Information for DFW

9:15am update: All shelters in DFW have closed! Big thanks to the Red Cross shelter workers who have been working so hard to provide a warm place for people to go during this winter storm. They are part of more than 200 Red Crossers who have worked on this relief operation since Thursday. Thank you all so much for your service.

Please Give Blood


The winter weather across many parts of the U.S. has so far forced the cancellation of 115 Red Cross blood drives in 18 states and the District of Columbia, resulting in more than 4,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations since last Wednesday.
While the Red Cross blood supply is currently sufficient to meet hospital demand, winter is always a challenging time to ensure enough blood is on the shelves. While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross especially urges all eligible donors with blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative to make a lifesaving appointment.
Donors in unaffected areas are encouraged to make and keep blood and platelet donation appointments to help offset the current shortfall. Donors in affected areas are urged to give blood or platelets once the storm has passed and travel is deemed safe. Appointments can be online at redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.
To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health. Donors should bring their Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID with them. Some states allow 16-year-olds to give with parental consent.

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    1. We can work with community partners to find somewhere safe for your pets if you are at a shelter.

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  2. Anything available in Fort Worth?

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    1. Not right now. This list will be continuously updated with the latest information we have. Thanks for asking!

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  3. It's dropping down in the teens, and there's only 4 shelters open in the DFW area? One in Dallas County and Ellis would be great. One in each county would be even better.

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    1. We are working with city officials to determine how best to help people in those areas. If you know someone looking for somewhere warm to go in Dallas or Ellis, please have them call 311 to be directed. Thanks for your comment!

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  4. Rowlett Community Centre is currently open as an emergency 'convenience center' to those citizens without power.

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  5. Anything in Collin County? I heard of one at Old Settlers Rec Center..but nothing listed here.

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    1. The McKinney warming center was just on stand-by, not actually open. The Sachse shelter closed last night as power was restored & residents could return home. We don't have any shelters open in Collin County at the moment, but this list will be updated throughout the day if you want to check back.

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  6. In Collin County, The Samaritan Inn continues to serve by taking in people for emergency sheltering and hot food. We have over 170 people staying at the Inn right now. Background check required and no violent or sex offenders can be admitted.

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    1. Are there any shelters open in the Dallas County, there is a family there without a place to go they are currently sleeping in their car they have no power in their home, They also have 2 little girls ages 7 and 1 years of age, is there any place close that they can go that doesn't require a lot of driving?

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  7. are there any shelter in Dallas County? there is a family with 2 little girls needing a place to go

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