With Sandy headed toward the Albany area, the Red Cross will be opening eleven shelters throughout the Albany area starting Monday, October 29, 2012. We have the list of shelters that has been announced thus far and some instructions for those seeking shelter. 

Red Cross Albany Area shelters:*

Albany county – 12 p.m. 10/29/12 Rock Road Chapel - 96 Rock Rd., Berne, NY 12023 #518-469-5628

Albany county -12 p.m. 10/29/16 Calvary Baptist Church - 12 Launfal Street, Albany, NY 12205 #518-459-2717

Albany county – 12 p.m. 10/29/17 Bethlehem Community Church - 201 Elm Ave., Delmar, NY 12054 #518-439-3135

Albany county -12 p.m. 10/29/15 Light of the World Christian Church - 28 Sparrowbush Road, Latham, NY 12110 #518-786-3528

Clinton county- 12 p.m. 10/29/13 Keeseville Shelter Group - location TBD

Columbia county – 12 p.m. 10/29/14 Taghkanic Fire Department - 631 Old Route 82, Craryville, NY 12521 #518-851-7148

Essex county – 12 p.m. 10/29/12 Town of Jay Community Center - 11 School Lane, Au Sable Forks, NY 12912 #518-647-2204

Schoharie county – 12 p.m. 10/29/12 Middleburg High & Middle School - 291 Main St., Middleburg, NY #518-827-3623

Ulster county – 8 a.m. 10/29/12 Trudy Farber Resnick Center -50 Center St., Ellenville, NY #845-647-3266

Ulster county -12 p.m. 10/29/12 SUNY-New Paltz -1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz, NY 12561 #845-235-1110

Ulster county -8 a.m. 10/29/12 The Andy Murphy(mid-town) Neighborhood Center - 467 Broadway , Kingston, NY #845-481-7333

*some shelters are operated by the Red Cross while other are 'partner shelters'

As the need arises the Red Cross will announce additional shelter locations. You can check their site for the greater Albany area or for the Saratoga Adirondack area. They also have a shelter finder where you can put in your address and find the nearest shelter. Also, the Red Cross has a free mobile app you can download which will help with locating a shelter. Search in the iTunes or Google Play store for Hurricane App.  Shelters will remain open so long as they are needed. The Red Cross provides food, beverages, health services, counseling services, and safety to those in need. HOwever as you arrive to the shelter you should have with you bedding, although the Red Cross has bedding it helps when people can provide their own. Diapers and baby needs, your prescriptions, toothbrush, shower toiletries, and if you are on a special diet (such as low sodium, gluten free, etc) bring some food. Unfortunately for safety and hygiene reasons Red Cross shelters cannot allow pets to join their families.