Shelters staying open

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (January 9, 2010) -After protecting over 500 people from the cold blast hitting our area this week, the Red Cross in Palm Beach County will re-open two cold shelters today. While the cold weather pattern continues to affect our region, The Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is diligently re-opening and staffing the shelters to provide relief. The Red Cross will open the doors to the Westgate Community Center at 3 pm and it will remain open until Monday morning. The shelter in Belle Glade will open on Saturday night by 6:00 pm through Monday morning.

The Red Cross will staff shelters at:

3:00 PM Saturday

Westgate Community Center

3691 Oswego Avenue

West Palm Beach

6:00 PM Saturday

West County Senior Center

2916 State Road 15

Belle Glade

Both shelters, which will provide basic human needs, will remain open until 8:30 AM Monday. Callers looking for transportation to the shelters should be directed to "211" or to (866) 882-2991, toll free. The shelters are staffed by teams of trained American Red Cross volunteers.

Shelters are also open in Martin and St. Lucie Counties.  In Martin County, the Red Cross has a shelter at its main office on South Kanner Highway in Stuart. In St. Lucie County, a shelter is open at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.  That's on South Indian River Drive in Ft. Pierce.