Severe weather
1:06 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Red Cross closing shelter in Calhoun County

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A news release says that shelters in Kent and Ionia Counties opened after Sunday's storms will also close. Other shelters including in Kalamazoo, Cass and Van Buren Counties will remain open. 

The various shelters and warming centers were opened after Sunday's severe storms left many people in Southwest Michigan without power. Shelters in Calhoun, Kent and Ionia Counties will close at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon. But the Red Cross says other shelters will remain open 24 hours a day, as long as they are needed. 

The following is the news release from the American Red Cross:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 20, 2013 – The American Red Cross of West Michigan is closing shelters in Calhoun, Kent, and Ionia Counties at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20. These are three of seven Red Cross shelters that were opened after widespread power outages following the severe weather on Sunday.

Approximately 75 people have stayed in or visited Red Cross shelters since they opened Monday. Four shelters will remain open 24 hours a day in Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties as long as there is a need.

The Red Cross of Calhoun County will be open during business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., as a warming center. A warming center is also available at the YMCA Camp Algonquin in Barry County.  The locations of the shelters and hours of warming centers are as follows:

BARRY COUNTY – Warming Center

YMCA Camp Algonquin, Open 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

2055 Iroquois Trail, Hastings, MI 49058

BERRIEN COUNTY - Shelter

First Church of God

2627 Niles Ave.; St. Joseph, MI 49085

CALHOUN COUNTY – Warming Center

American Red Cross, Open 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

14600 Beadle Lake Rd.; Battle Creek, MI 49014

CASS COUNTY - Shelter

Dowagiac Armory Headquarters

700 W. Prairie Ronde St.; Dowagiac, MI 49047

KALAMAZOO COUNTY - Shelter
American Red Cross

5640 Venture Ct.; Kalamazoo, MI 49009

VAN BUREN COUNTY - Shelter

American Red Cross        

301 N. Center St.; Hartford, MI 49057

Those seeking shelter are encouraged to bring the following items if possible: appropriate bedding, blankets, and pillows; prescription medications; personal hygiene items; a change of clothes; and any necessary items for infants or the elderly. Residents are encouraged to call 211 for assistance.

A list of open shelters is updated regularly at www.redcross.org/nss.  In addition, available shelters can be found by downloading the free Red Cross Tornado App.

The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every 8 minutes. Help people recovering from disasters by donating to the Red Cross at redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.