The American Red Cross opened an emergency shelter in Baton Rouge at 11:30 p.m. Monday to assist those affected by the severe weather.

Red Cross workers are providing a safe place to sleep, food and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs, the agency said in a news release.

The Red Cross-managed shelter is at Woodlawn Baptist Church, 5805 Jones Creek Road.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

— Prescriptions and emergency medications.

— Foods that meet special dietary requirements.

— Identification and other important personal documents.

— Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items.

— Supplies for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys.

— Special items for family members who are elderly or have disabilities.

— Chargers for any electronic devices.

—Books, games.

Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; however, service animals are permitted.