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Montana Red Cross opens shelter in Browning in response to severe snowstorm

Large amounts of snow continue to fall in the area.
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Posted at 1:09 PM, Sep 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-29 15:09:43-04

BROWNING — The American Red Cross of Montana has opened a shelter at the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish, 237 1st Ave. N.W. in Browning, according to a press release Sunday.

Large amounts of snow continue to fall in the area.

Some areas have received more than three feet of snow during the weekend storm, and high winds are creating blizzard-like conditions.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a winter emergency.

Red Cross shelters provide meals, a warm place to stay, information and access to other community resources.

Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter, and all services are free.

The Red Cross does not discriminate based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, disability, political opinions, sexual orientation or gender identity.

No reservations are required. Service animals are welcome.

For up-to-date information and alerts about emergencies in your area, download the Red Cross emergency app from your app store. It’s free and available to both iPhone and Android users.

Families who need services should call the Montana Red Cross at 800-272-6668.

DRIVING IN WINTER
While the Red Cross encourages you to stay off the road if possible, if you must drive in snow, follow these tips:
• Fill your vehicle’s gas tank and clean the lights and windows to help you see.
• Pay attention to the weather forecast. Before you leave, let someone know where you are going, the route you plan to take, and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
• If you have to drive, make sure everyone has their seat belts on and give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
• Don’t follow other vehicles too closely. Sudden stops are difficult on snowy roadways.
• Don’t use cruise control when driving in winter weather.
• Don’t pass snow plows.
• Know that ramps, bridges and overpasses will freeze before roadways.

If you become stuck in the snow or icy conditions:
• Stay with the car. Do not try to walk to safety.
• Tie a brightly colored cloth (preferably red) to the antenna for rescuers to see.
• Don’t run your engine and heater constantly to help avoid running out of gas. Don’t use things like lights or the radio without the engine running so the battery doesn’t conk out.
• If you can, move your vehicle off the roadway. Stay with it – don’t abandon it. If you have to get out of your vehicle, use the side away from traffic.
• Start the car and use the heater for about 10 minutes every hour. Keep the exhaust pipe clear so fumes won't back up in the car.
• Leave the overhead light on when the engine is running to help rescuers see the vehicle.
• Keep one window slightly open -- away from the blowing wind -- to let in air.

HOW TO DONATE

You can help people affected by disasters, as well as countless other crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, and other emergency assistance in response to disasters.

Go to redcross.org/montana or call 1-800-272-6668 Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross of Montana. 1300 28th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405

VOLUNTEER. Train as a Red Cross volunteer to be ready to help during a major disaster right here in Montana. Go to redcross.org/montana and click on “Volunteer” to start your application.