UPDATE: American Red Cross to Close Reception Center at Midnight

Rutland, Vt. - UPDATE: The reception center in Rutland is closing at midnight.

The American Red Cross says no one has needed the services at the location. It was opened at 8:30 p.m. after thousands were left without power.

The difference between a reception center and a shelter is the center is where people can go check in and wait for more instruction.  A shelter is a longer-term housing for evacuating individuals and families.

"As events like this unfold, people can become anxious," said Kevin Mazuzan, executive director for the American Red Cross in Vermont.

"Red Cross disaster teams are helping now and will continue to help for the duration of this situation," Mazuzan continued.

Anyone heading to a Red Cross shelter should bring essentials:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

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