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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - A massive storm 1,000 miles wide has pounded the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy roared across the D.C. area. Residents coped with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy with the opening of local shelters below.
FEMA has made it easy to find an open shelter in your area via text. You can find an area shelter on the east coast by texting SHELTER +Zip code to 43362. It's important to note that standard texting rates apply.
Bald Eagle Recreation Center, 100 Joliet St., SW 202-671-5123
Emery Recreation Center, 5801 Georgia Ave., NW, (202) 576-3211
Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St., NW, (202) 727-7736
Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St., NE, (202) 671-3077
North Michigan Park Recreation Center,1333 Emerson St., NE, (202) 541-3522
Prince George's County:
Ritchie Coliseum, University of Maryland, 7950 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Md. (pet friendly)
The following shelters opened at noon on Monday:
White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring (pet friendly).
The Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg
Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road.
Gude Men's, 600 E. Gude Dr., Rockville
Progress Place, 8210 Colonial La., Silver Spring
Lee District Recreation Center: 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, Virginia (there is also a trailer at this location for the evacuation of pets for people using the shelter).
T. Benton Gayle Middle School, 100 Panther Drive in Fredericksburg Va.
Area residents who decide to take refuge at local shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows.