Montana Red Cross opens shelter in Browning during historic September snowstorm

The Montana Red Cross partnered with the Blackfeet United Methodist Parish to open a shelter at the Browning church in late September as a historic fall snowstorm dropped as much as four feet of snow on the area.

Red Cross volunteers Scott Fairfield, Lew Savik and Jetta Johnson staffed the shelter and warming center that served residents of Browning and stranded travelers.

Twenty-one people stayed in the shelter on Sept. 29, and 54 warm meals were served over two days. Red Cross volunteers also distributed 42 blankets and provided more than 200 snacks and drinks.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock declared a winter storm emergency during the storm, which led to the closing of many roadways on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

In the past year, the Red Cross has responded to 156 disasters across Montana and has opened six emergency shelters in response to disasters like wildfires, flooding and winter storms.

The Red Cross urges everyone to download its free emergency app. Available in the app store, it provides information about how to keep you and family safe during floods, storms, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires  in your area.

To learn more about how to prepare for winter storms, visit