SF Red Cross Offers Shelter After Explosion
by Ashley Kringen, Reporter
January 25, 2013 10:18 PM
Following Friday morning’s underground explosion in Sioux Falls, some people who live downtown are left without power and no place warm to sleep Friday night.
The big boom affected around 500 people and surprisingly, no one was at the Red Cross Friday night looking for a place to sleep, but that doesn't stop Red Cross volunteers from being prepared.
City Emergency Management contacted the Red Cross letting them know people displaced might be looking for shelter.
The Red Cross said they would be open throughout Friday evening for people in need of a warm place to bunk for the night.
"We set up our cots and we have beautiful quilts that local churches make for us and so those are very nice, very cheery. Our volunteers are here to serve and we have snacks and coffee, hot chocolate and everything available 24 hours a day," said Samantha Hill, Region Emergency Services Director.
Right now the Red Cross has 20 cots set up but have plenty of room for more if needed.
What’s interesting about the quilts at the Red Cross is they're all individually handmade and donated from churches across South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.
An added bonus, you get to take them with you and have them as a keepsake when you leave.
The shelter is located near the convention center at 808 west avenue north.
Their contact number is 605-336-2448.