American Red Cross opens shelter for Hurricane Sally evacuees

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OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — The American Red Cross has set up a shelter in Ozark at the Civic Center. They are currently dealing with three disasters including Hurricane Sally, Hurricane Laura, and the fires on the West Coast.

“We are here of course to serve any client that needs it if they have homes that are flooded, any kind of damage, we are here to open our doors and make sure that they get any kind of relief that is necessary,” said Lauren Bevins- Bryant, shelter supervisor for The American Red Cross.

The Ozark Civic Center is the only Red Cross shelter in the Wiregrass region. The Red Cross says COVID-19 has created obstacles for them to overcome while setting up shelters, but they are managing.

“Things have become a little more difficult,” said Bryant. “We have a screening of course, and normal food distribution has of course been altered a little bit so people are now able to eat at their beds where they normally wouldn’t be. But of course, we are taking all of the necessary precautions that we possibly can to reduce any kind of risk of further infection and furthering of COVID.”

The shelter is equipped to handle 65 clients and has beds socially distanced. They opened up Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.

“We will be here until we are recalled so whenever relief has been given and we are no longer in an emergency area,” said Bryant.

The American Red Cross is responsible for all COVID-19 precautions. Although the shelter’s maximum capacity due to COVID-19 is 65 people, the Red Cross says they will not turn anyone away. If needed they will contact their other locations and have them open up their doors, or open up another shelter as necessary.

For more information form the American Red Cross call, (800) 733-2767

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