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Red Cross prepared for Albany shelter, but hope none need to open

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It could be an uncomfortable night for you if the winter storm knocks out your power.

The American Red Cross and Dougherty County Emergency Managers have plans for shelters... But they hope their not needed.

Officials with the Flint River Chapter of the American Red Cross have supplies and equipment like cots and blankets ready in case a shelter is needed. But they hope they don't have to open one.

Executive Director Lara Gill said "No actually, we want everybody to stay at home. We don't want people to drive around. People in the south do not do ice very well on the road."

EMA officials say even if your power goes out, staying put in your home is better than seeking a community shelter.

Dougherty EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught said "You have blankets, your own food and medicine and all that kind of stuff readily available to you. So as a last resort we would be looking at some sort. We've planned for it in case we need it."

Officials have also been in planning with traditional homeless shelters like the Albany Rescue MIssion and the Salvation Army. They are ready to take in everyone who comes seeking a warm place for the night and Wednesday. EMA officials say if they become too crowded, then they will consider opening a warming station or shelter.

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