Red Cross official: We're ready to help

? The CEO of the American Red Cross of Westchester County says those who need help getting through and recovering from Hurricane Irene should never hesitate to ask for help.

John Ravitz says his staff stands ready to help residents at various shelters throughout Westchester County. According to Ravitz, Red Cross workers are trained in mass care and mental health to help those who need to utilize shelters in the storm.

Ravitz says the shelters will provide food to those who need it, however he suggests bringing a ?comfort kit? with blankets, pillows and toiletries.

Those who don?t need to go to a shelter are urged to hunker down and stay in their homes. For those who do need assistance, Ravitz says the shelters will remain open during and after the storm and that residents should take their time and be safe getting to the locations.

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