Red Cross teams up with City of Rochester for Operation Heat Sweep

Updated: 01/06/2014 11:31 PM
Created: 01/06/2014 11:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Joangel Concepcion

With the freezing temperatures forecasted, city officials went right into action.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren officially declared a heat sweep today, opening doors to emergency shelters throughout the area for temporary assistance.

The American Red Cross isn't sure how many people will need assistance tonight or in the next few days but they are stocked up and ready to go-just in case.

There are nine temporary emergency shelters open through out the City of Rochester. We stopped by one of them, at the David Gantt Community Center, where volunteers have been bringing out essential items, food, water, first aid and disaster supplies. They will also have several cots available with blankets at all of the shelters. The Red Cross will also be sharing resources with the city.

A number of volunteers spent the last few hours setting up and supporting shelters and warming stations through out the area, all to help those in need-ride out these dangerous conditions. 

As Red Cross spokesman, Jay Bonafede says, a lot of work goes into making this possible. 

“It’s very important to have a place for people that don't have somewhere else to go. That’s really what the Red Cross’ mission is, to help in need. Anyone who doesn't have access to hear or whatever, whether it's homelessness or whatever the cause may be. Anyone that doesn't have a place to turn right now needs to be able to come inside ads quickly as possible and we are happy, with the help of the public, that we are able to have these shelters here to help.”

We did speak with Monroe County Executive, Maggie Brooks today. She said the county will be monitoring the temperatures, the wind and possible power outages through out the area. Also, county officials are ready to launch their emergency response system-if need be.


37° | 30°
  • Feels like: 24° F
  • Wind: WNW 12mph
  • Humidity: 78%
  • Fri Partly cloudy
    37° | 27°
  • Sat More sun than clouds
    37° | 29°
  • Sun Times of sun and clouds
    37° | 29°
  • Mon Cloudy
    37° | 27°