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3:32 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Shelters to Open

Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross will open emergency shelters for stranded motorists beginning today at 6:00pm. The shelters are specifically for travelers who may become stranded due to the winter storm.

The stranded motorist shelters will be opened in the following locations today at 6:00pm:

Tulsa:
Crosstown Church of Christ
3400 E. Admiral Place

Bristow:
First Baptist Church
6th & Chestnut

Henryetta:
Church of Christ
413 W. Broadway

Miami:
First Christian Church
2424 N. Main

McAlester:
Main & Oklahoma Church of Christ
South Business 69

Vinita:
Family Praise Center
330 W. Dwain Willis Ave.

The shelters will remain open as long as needed.

The Red Cross also urges people exercise care and caution by following these guidelines:

Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold.
Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog.
Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, children and people with disabilities.
Bring pets indoors.
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area.