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Shelters set up around the region

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 29 2012 05:25:10 AM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2012 06:11:55 PM CDT

Officials throughout the region have set up shelters available at several locations for those who need to evacuate their homes during Hurricane Sandy.

The American Red Cross now has a new app that shows you -- on a map -- exactly where they have open shelters.  More info here:  http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps

In addition, the Red Cross' Safe and Well website is a central location for those in disaster areas in the U.S. to register their current status, and their loved ones can access that information.

Shelter are available at the following locations:

Northampton County:

St. John's Lutheran Church, 310 Ferry St., Easton, during the day as needed

The Salvation Army, 1110 Northampton St., Easton, during the day as needed

Berks County:

Reading High School, 801 N. 13th Street, beginning Monday at noon. Pet owners may bring their pets with them -- the Berks County Animal Response Team (CART) will offer shelter for pets whose owners have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

If the effects of the hurricane force residents to stay in the emergency shelter for periods longer than a few days, pets will be moved to more suitable housing at the Humane Society of Berks County at 1801 N. 11th St in Reading.

The City of Reading has opened all of the city's parking garages Monday and parking enforcement is suspended at meters in the city as well.

Montgomery County:

Pottstown High School (full time veterinarian on site), 750 North Washington Street, Pottstown

Cheltenham High School (full time veterinarian on-site), 500 Rices Mill Road, Wyncote,

Norristown High School, 1900 Eagle Dr., Norristown

Montgomery Co. residents with questions can call 610-391-9700.

Bucks County

Palisades High School, 35 Church Hill Road  Kintnersville. This shelter is pet-friendly, being staffed by volunteers from Bucks County Animal Response Team (BCART).  Pet owners should bring pet food, medications and bedding. Those bringing small pets must have them in a carrier, and dogs mus be leashed.

Pennsbury High School East, 705 Hood Blvd., Fairless Hills

Council Rock North, 62 Swamp Road  Newtown

Chester County

Avon Grove High School, 257 State Road, West Grove

Lionville Middle School, 550 West Uwchlan Avenue, Exton         

Lehigh County

A consolidated shelter will open at Dieruff High School, 815 North Irving Street in Allentown, at 8 a.m. Friday. The shelters currently open at Agricultural Hall in Allentown and UGI in Bethelehem will transition to Dieruff. The shelter will be open to residents and pets in need of a safe place to stay due to prolonged power outages or damage.

South Whitehall Township is opening a shelter at Troxell School, 2219 N Cedar Crest Blvd., starting at 830 p.m. on Monday.Township officials  urge extreme caution in your travels should you choose to relocate to this shelter.