Thursday, December 16, 2010 2:40:31 AM
Winter is making an early debut across the United States and the American Red Cross has opened shelters and issued steps people should take to remain safe and warm during the current frigid blast covering the country.
More than 470 people in Florida took refuge from the cold overnight in shelters operated or supported by the Red Cross. In areas where such extreme cold weather is so unexpected, Red Cross shelters are important to residents unaccustomed to dealing with the blustery conditions. A safe place to keep warm can mean everything to families who may not have winter clothing and bedding to keep their loved ones cozy during cold weather.