LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Several communities are opening shelters in wake of super storm Sandy's aftermath.
The City of Lakewood opened an Emergency Reception Center on Wednesday to assist residents who are without power and are in need of a warm place to spend the day.
The center is located at the Lawther Senior Center, 16024 Madison Avenue, which is located at Madison and Northland Avenues. Residents who are in need of transportation to the center may contact the Division of Aging at (216) 521-1288.
Due to the extensive storm damage all of over the area, they are estimating that outages could be lengthy. City officials are encouraging people who are without power to stay with family or friends if possible or to shelter in place for the night.
At noon on Wednesday, the city of Lakewood opened a second shelter at Garfield Middle School, 13114 Detroit Avenue. Anyone coming to shelter should pack enough items to cover the next 24 to 48 hours. Individuals are reminded to bring any needed medications and the phone numbers of medical contacts, relatives or friends that may need to be contacted. Please do not bring pets to the shelter.
The Illuminating Company has reported that approximately 13000 Lakewood households are still without power. Due to the extensive storm damage all of over the area, they are estimating that outages could be lengthy.
The City of Warrensville Heights has extended the Civic & Senior Center hours of operation to accommodate residents in the city without power as a result of this week's storm. The Civic & Senior Center, located at 4567 Green Road, will be open until 11:00 p.m. Wednesday and will re-open Thursday at 9:00 a.m. to house residents throughout the day until power is restored.
In addition to the Warrensville Heights Civic & Senior Center serving as a warming center, The American Red Cross, City of Cleveland, and Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management are advising residents without power to seek shelter at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center located at 8611 Hough Avenue in Cleveland.
American Red Cross will provide food and cots for sleeping, and 24-hour security on site.
For more information about the Civic & Senior Center, please call (216) 587-1250. For other inquiries about countywide shelter locations, please call (216) 664-4045 or United Way's First Call for Help by dialing 2-1-1.
As he did this summer as a respite from sweltering heat, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter is offering the city's senior center, the Donna Smallwood Activities Center, as a safe place for Parma residents who have been left with no electricity in the wake of the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The center, located behind City Hall, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, is heated, and offers varied, on-going activities. The center is open to residents who need to use it for relief; however, meals and transportation are provided only to those who are 60 and older and registered for those services.
Questions about the Center will be answered at 440-885-8800.
"I encourage residents to check on their neighbors and friends, especially the elderly, and to bring them to the Center if they need relief," said Mayor DeGeeter.
The Lake County Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the American Red Cross has opened an Emergency Shelter for residents of Lake County at the Mentor Senior Center located at 8484 Munson Road in Mentor, OH.
Lake County residents who have no hear or electricity can go the shelter for warmth, a hot meal and a place to stay until power is returned to their home. No pets are permitted.
Any resident who does not have transportation and needs a ride to the emergency shelter can call Laketran at (440) 354-6100. Laketran will provide transportation at no charge on a first come, first serve basis.
WESTLAKE PORTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Westlake Porter Public Library will stay open until 10 p.m. Wednesday night to accommodate the local residents whose homes remain without power.
Tuesday, the library had almost 1,900 visitors use the library to charge their phones and laptops, use the internet, get warm, get hot coffee or tea, etc.
Brooklyn Senior Center, 7727 Memphis Avenue, will open at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Service animals are permitted at these shelters. Shelters are open 24-hours and are available to all county residents.
For additional social service assistance such as food, housing and health, please dial 2-1-1.