Alabama
3:18 pm
Tue September 14, 2004

Red Cross Opens Shelters in Birmingham Area

Birmingham, AL – With a flood of evacuees headed north away from Hurricane Ivan, the Birmingham Area Chapter is opening shelters starting at 6pm Tuesday night.

The shelters will be able to provide snacks only this evening, so evacuees
are asked to get dinner prior to checking in.

We realize there is a great likelihood that central Alabama will see damaging winds, lightning, and flooding - but we recommend these shelters be set aside for those coming from the Gulf Coast. Later this week, Red Cross volunteers will be on standby to open additional shelters to meet local needs as they arise. Those who live in manufactured housing or in flood-prone areas are advised to stay tuned to local media outlets for information about storm shelters opening near their neighborhoods.

The following locations open at 6pm Tuesday:

- BJCC (South Exhibition Hall), Birmingham
2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North

- Morgan United Methodist Church, Bessemer
2701 Morgan Road

- First Baptist Church, Pell City
2309 2nd Avenue North, Pell City

The following location opens at 8pm Tuesday:

- Shelby County Instructional Services Center (Old Thompson Middle School)
601 1st Street South, Alabaster

Additional shelters will be announced Wednesday morning and as needed.