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Red Cross responds to storms, opens cooling centers

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Staff and volunteers for the American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region are assessing damage and providing assistance to people affected by the severe thunderstorms Wednesday that brought strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding. Power may be disrupted in affected areas throughout the weekend.

The Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is opening a cooling station at McPherson Middle School located at 4230 Limerick Road, Clyde, Ohio 43410 for those in need. The American Red Cross Firelands Chapter is also opening a cooling station at the Monroeville Community Center located at 101 West Street, Monroeville, Ohio 44847. Power will be available to individuals in need of electricity to operate necessary medical devices. The stations will be open to those affected by the storm in an effort to move people out of the heat and keep them hydrated.

According to American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio Disaster Services Manager Gary Loboschefski, "Our team of dedicated volunteers and staff is ready to respond and help families in need over the next few days. This is a time when we really rely upon our trained volunteers to provide compassionate care. We couldn't do what we do without them."

The American Red Cross of Hancock County is evaluating the damage and distributing clean up kits to assist families affected by flooding. These free kits can be used to clean and disinfect areas of the home affected by water. The kits will be distributed on Friday, July 12, 2013 from noon – to 4:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross offices in Findlay, Upper Sandusky, and Tiffin, as well as Commercial Savings Bank in Carey.

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