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Red Cross opens shelter in Keene at Washington Street rec center
KEENE – The American Red Cross New Hampshire regional Keene Office has set up an emergency storm shelter in the city recreation center on Washington Street for those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Because the building policy does not allow for animals, the Red Cross has partnered with the Humane Society in Swanzey, said Lisa Michaud, case communications and external relations officer for the American Red Cross NH Regional.
The Humane Society is taking animals today, Monday Oct. 30, up until 5 p.m. since the Humane Society closes at 5:30 p.m.
The Society is offering this service free for those staying at the Red Cross shelter in Keene, Michaud said.
The Keene shelter already has several occupants, she said, though the storm is not expected to hit and affect the area till Monday night.
“I think they are heeding the warnings,” Michaud said of the shelter occupants.
The Red Cross is asking those who plan to come to the shelter to check on their elderly neighbors first and to bring their own pillows, bedding, toiletries and medications with them to the shelter.
“We’ll provide the food, shelter and emotional support and make sure that they are safe,” Michaud said.
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