Kasich Visits as More Shelters Open
CLEVELAND, Ohio — In the wake of damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy, Governor John Kasich stopped in Cleveland Wednesday night.
He urged people without power who need help to ask for help, and those who can help to step up.
First Energy reported more than 120,000 homes without power as of Wednesday night. People in need should call the United Way 24-hour help line at 211.
See below for a list of emergency shelters …
“You got grandma down the street. Move her in, move her in, until her power comes on,” said Kasich. “If you don’t have a grandma here adopt one,” said Kasich.
Kasich also visited people seeking help at the Red Cross emergency shelter in Lakewood.
Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, wants those without power to reach out.
“Don’t be afraid to call your county emergency management agency, the American Red Cross, 311. Don’t be afraid to call someone and let them know you need help,” Dragani said
“We are working with RTA and our other county partners to get transportation so we can get people to shelters,” Glen Moore, with the Cleveland Office of Emergency Management, said.
“It’s real cold in there and we don’t got no way to heat our house up at all,” said Jacqueline Burton.
Burton’s family is going on three nights without power because of this tree that fell on the lines on E. 90th street in Cleveland.
When she sees no one working on it, she becomes frustrated.
“It’s not fair that our lights are off and everybody’s lights are on in the suburbs and they just forget about us down here, that’s not fair,” Burton said.
Kasich is urging people with electricity to physically check on friends, relatives and neighbors without it.
“The issue here is patches,” he said. ”There’s not big, big areas that are out. It’s patchwork. And what you don’t want to do is find out one day we sort of missed this person.”
The governor said all Ohio linemen will stay in the state until all the power is restored.
“We’ve got to take care of Ohio before we go and do something, in terms of getting the power on somewhere else,” Kasich said.
Please see the list below for local emergency shelters, and take notice of closing times and other special notes.
FOX8.com will update this list as shelters contact us with their information.
-The American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region will staff and provide food and cots for sleeping at Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, 8611 Hough Ave. Residents needing information should call the center at 216-664-4045 or the United Way’s First Call for Help by dialing 211. Service animals are permitted.
-Several Salvation Army locations were available in the Greater Cleveland area at the following locations:
–Temple Corps: 17625 Grovewood Avenue Cleveland, OH 44119
–West Park Corps: 12645 Lorain Avenue Cleveland, OH 44111
–Harbor Light: 1710 Prospect Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
–Hough Corps: 6000 Hough Avenue Cleveland, OH 44103
–Ohio City Corps: 4402 Clark Avenue Cleveland, OH 44109
–Miles Park Corps: 4139 East 93rd Street Cleveland, OH 44105
The Salvation Army has partnered with the Red Cross to provide overnight shelter and hot meals at the Helen Brown Senior Center, located at 16100 Euclid Avenue.
The Mentor Senior Center will no longer be used as a shelter.
A reception center was opened instead at Fairport Harbor Senior Center, located at 1380 East Street in Fairport Harbor.
It was scheduled to be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The following items should be taken with you:
–Medications or medical equipment
–Cellphone and charger
–Credit cards, checkbook and cash
–Emergency contact information
–Change of clothing
–Eyeglasses or contacts
–Baby food and formula
–Pets are NOT permitted
Anyone in need of a ride to the shelter may call LAKETRAN at (440) 354-6100. Geauga Transit will also be staffed 24 hours a day to offer a free ride to those who can’t drive. The transit’s number is 440-279-2150.
The Lawther Senior Center in Lakewood has also opened its doors to those without power or who are in need of shelter.
The center is located at 16024 Madison Avenue and was available until 5 p.m on Tuesday.
It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.
The American Red Cross will open an Emergency Shelter in Lakewood on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 to assist individuals who are without power or who are in need of shelter. The shelter will open at approximately 12:00 PM 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.
Christ Lutheran Church is longer providing refuge.
Instead, residents can visit St. Joe’s Church Shelter at 32929 Lake Rd. in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Mentor Senior Center *Service animals are permitted at this shelter.
The address is 8484 Munson Road.
Geauga County residents are advised that if you need to go to the emergency shelter the following items should be taken with you:
- Any medications taken on a daily basis.
- Extra oxygen bottles or any specialized medical equipment you may need.
- Cellphone & charger.
- Credit cards, checkbook and cash.
- Emergency contact information.
- A change of clothing.
- Eyeglasses or contact lens.
- Baby food and formula.
- NO PETS are permitted; make arrangements with a friend or relative to look after your pets.
Any resident who does not have transportation and needs transportation to the emergency shelter can call Geauga County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (440) 286-1234 to coordinate a ride with Geauga County Transit. Geauga County Transit will provide transportation at no charge on a first come, first serve basis.
The Bedford Rec Center will provide cots for residents.
The address is 124 Ellenwood Ave.
The Brooklyn Senior Center will be open until further notice. *Service animals are permitted at this shelter.
The address is 7727 Memphis Ave.
Memorial Hall at the Don Umerley Civic Center will take in Rocky River residents.
Only a limited number of cots are available, but no one will be turned away.
The address is 21016 Hilliard Blvd.