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24-Hour Emergency Shelter Opens at Garfield Middle School

County partners with American Red Cross to open several 24-hour shelters in the area.

As the power remains out for thousands in Lakewood — as well as neighboring communities — the county has opened a 24-hour emergency shelter at Garfield Middle School.

With assistance from the American Red Cross, the shelter will serve as a place for residents without power to eat, sleep and take a hot shower. 

“It’s a safe warm place for people to come,” said Christine Gordillo, the spokeswoman for the Lakewood City Schools. 

The shelter opened at 1 p.m. Wednesday and is expected to remain open “until there’s no longer a need for it,” Gordillo said.

Cots are set up in the gymnasium, and the shower facilities are available for residents. TVs on the wall provide some entertainment.

Dennis Pell, the shelter manager for the American Red Cross, is one of five experienced volunteers from the Firelands Chapter of the American Red Cross based in Sandusky.

"We're getting ready for 150 people," said Pell, who's also volunteered to help with relief efforts for Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Irene. "It's probably overkill, but we'd rather be prepared."

"We have plenty of cots and plenty of blankets," added Pell. "And we have plenty of food."

If classes resume for the Lakewood City Schools on Thursday, the building will still be open to students as well as those seeking shelter.

On Tuesday, the city announced it was opening an “emergency reception center” for residents to go in the daytime.

Officials have said it could be a few days before all power is restored in Lakewood.

Alexandra October 31, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Will there be school for the kids that attend there tomorrow?
Colin McEwen October 31, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Good question. Lemme ask. By the way, FOUR schools in the district are still without power.
Steve October 31, 2012 at 08:02 PM
@Colin- What are the 4 schools, please.
Colin McEwen October 31, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Power remains out at Hayes, Emerson and Grant elementary schools, as well as Harding Middle School.
Colin McEwen October 31, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Yes. If there are classes, the school will remain open.
Andreas R. Tabor November 01, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Per WKYC channel 3 news, All Lakewood City Public Schools are closed tomorrow.
Brooklyn Barnes November 01, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Do you guys need ANYTHING my friends and I can help with! Were coming from North Royalton! About 4 of us! Were 16 years old & were planning on coming right after school at about 3ish... We can do ANYTHING you want us? Bring Food, Clean, SERIOUSLY HELP WITH ANYTHING! We want to help sooo bad!
Colin McEwen November 01, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Thanks, Andreas. We had the news, too. Just saying. ;) http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/articles/lakewood-schools-are-closed-thursday-nov-1
Samuel Francazio November 06, 2012 at 09:31 PM
If your Power is restored, you could get a refund on your Cable TV., The company will not tell you that you could get refunded. Five a day ect.

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