UPDATE: Red Cross Reopening Evacuation Center in Swanton, Vermont
Burlington, VT. Sunday, January 14, 2018 – 10a.m. UPDATE – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is reopening the evacuation center in Swanton, Vermont due to continued flooding.
Evacuation center information for Swanton, VT is as follows:
Missisquoi Valley Union High School
175 Thunderbird Dr, Swanton, VT 05488
- The evacuation center in Swanton will be opening this morning at 11am.
- Red Cross teams are visiting affected neighborhoods to check on residents and supply affected households with clean-up kits and additional resources if needed.
WHAT TO DO NEXT If travel is dangerous in your area, travel is not suggested. If you can prepare, people living in the affected areas should:
- Fill your car’s gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
- Be ready to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations
- Check emergency kit and repolenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby
- Never drive through flood waters – turn around and go the other way
- Keep children away from flood waters
- Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates
WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:
- prescription and emergency medication
- medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
- extra clothing
- blankets and sleeping bags
- hygiene supplies
- flashlight with extra batteries
- phone and equipment chargers
- power strip
- small board games
- books for entertainment
- specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
- basic snacks
- baby food and formula
- beach chair or camp chair
- insurance papers
- other comfort items
Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.
You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.
Be certain to download the FREE Red Cross Shelter App for your Smart Phone, it will give you a list of all open shelters in your area.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
MAKE A DONATION The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a storm moves through the region. For example, we have warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. If we didn’t maintain these resources 24/7, we couldn’t get help to people in a timely fashion—but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready.
Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.