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Shelter becomes sanctuary for residents without power

Shelter becomes sanctuary for residents without power
Shelter becomes sanctuary for residents without power
Posted at 11:52 AM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 11:52:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As we continue the restoration process throughout the Big Bend, many are still left with no power, but that's where shelters come in. 

SAIL High School, normally a place where students study, is now a place of comfort for residents all across the Big Bend.  

"We try to make it a home away from home, even though it's not," said Solomon Lewis, Maintenance Supervisor at SAIL High School. "We try to give them a clean and safe environment and we try to take care of them to the best of our ability."  

A simple cot provides to those who seek refuge at a shelter not only a place to rest their heads at night but a sense of safety, a feeling that they probably have not had for days. 

"I'm thankful that they have a roof to bring people to because it could have been worse than this," said Talvia Still, shelter attendee. 

The shelter will remain open until there is no need for it. If the school needs to reopen, the Red Cross will move this shelter to another building.  

"The Red Cross means that we are always ready for change, chaos and we are here for you," said Charlie Crawford, Shelter Lead for the Red Cross. 

As of now, the shelter at SAIL High School is open and has food, snacks, and water available.