Red Cross opening shelters ahead of Hurricane Irene

Officials with the American Red Cross have already begun opening shelters in advance of Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the region this weekend.

Officials say they plan on having at least 12 shelters open by the time the storm strikes to assist residents.

The Red Cross says it will have volunteers ready at each shelter to provide mass care, mental health and medical services.

The organization recommends that everyone have at least a three-day supply of water and food, as well as flashlights, a first-aid kit and at least a week's worth of prescription medicines.

The Red Cross also says it has an iPhone app that will allow people to locate the nearest shelter to them.

American Red Cross

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