Red Cross Provides Emergency Response During Record Breaking Temperatures in South Florida


The past 24 hours has highlighted the dedication of our volunteers who carry out the mission of the American Red Cross. Our passionate team operated and or assisted nine cold weather shelters within six counties.  County Emergency Management agencies and other community partners depend on the Red Cross to staff and support shelter operations because of our technical knowledge and volunteer capacity. Local Red Cross volunteers trained in nursing, mental health services, feeding and mass care/sheltering were on-site or on-call throughout the evening to support our community.  Red Cross volunteers operating and/or supporting cold weather shelters reported the following attendance numbers:

  • Gertrude Walden Child Day Care Center  | 601 SE Lake St., Stuart, FL | 7 clients
  • Westgate Community Center Gymnasium | 3691 Oswego Ave, West Palm Beach, FL | 63 clients
  • Clewiston Youth Center | 110 W. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, FL | 1 client
  • The Source | 1015 Commerce Ave, Vero Beach, FL | 27 clients
  • United Way House | 133 N. Bridge Street Labelle, FL | 0 clients
  • West County Senior Center | 2916 State Rd. #15, Belle Glade, FL | 0 clients
  • The Boys & Girls Club | 17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown, FL |  0 clients
  • The Agriculture Center |4509 George Blvd, Sebring, FL | 0 clients
  • Douglas Brown Community Center | 826 Northeast 16th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL | 0 clients

Red Cross volunteers on call 24/7 responded to home fires and provided emergency shelter, food, and  clothing at the following locations:

  • NW 13th Avenue, Sunrise | 4 adults, 3 children
  • 14th Street, Fort Pierce | 4 adults
  • Circle Plaza West, Miami | 7 adults

In addition to operating cold shelters, a team of Red Cross volunteers in Hendry County supported first responders at the scene of a brush fire in the 3000 block of Helms Road in LaBelle.  Volunteers provided meals, critical hydration, and nutrition to over 40 firefighters and first responders. We are tremendously grateful for the support of our volunteers!


Help people affected by disasters like wildfires/floods/tornadoes and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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