MADISON (WKOW) — The American Red Cross is opening a cooling shelter in the Alliant Energy Center in Madison to help people after the fires at the Madison Gas and Electric substation.
The regional communications manager Justin Kern says the shelter will be open starting at 5 p.m and stay open thru the evening, with a meal to be provided.
“If we have another problem where we lose electricity in an area of town, they can still come in here and we have quite a bit of room to expand,” said Judy Giacomino, a volunteer with the Red Cross. “The Coliseum has been nice enough to let us use this whole floor if we need to.”
People at the cooling center Friday night say they’re glad to have somewhere to stay after the earlier power outages left them with a sense of uncertainty.
Anneliese Satter says she usually stays at a different shelter, but she’s slept outside overnight before in the extreme heat — which is brutal for everyone.
“There’s a lot of people out here with health issues,” she said. “Open wounds. Things like that. It’s horrible just to think what somebody with medical issues should go through. It makes me feel grateful that I have my health and I have my youth. Because not everybody can say that.”
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said if the public needs transportation to the Alliant Energy Center, Metro will establish bus pick up spots and a schedule and post it on the city website, metro’s website and city social media.
Ho-Chunk Nation in Madison also say they are opening their doors at their Madison government building at 4724 Tradewinds Parkway for anyone affected by the heat and power outages in Madison until 9:00 p.m. tonight.