Red Cross Update

April 26, 2011                       NEWS RELEASE


Red Cross Update on Shelters

Springfield, MO

          The Greater Ozarks Chapter and Southeast Missouri Chapters of the American Red Cross have responded to the recent storms and flooding throughout the state with the following shelters open and operated by trained volunteers. The numbers indicate the population at each shelter last night, April 25, 2011.


Shelter Locations:


McDonald County:                         Noel Fire Station

                                                            118 Gratz St. Noel, MO      (19)


Ripley County:                                Church of God

                                                            506 Pine St., Doniphan, MO     (14)


Cape Girardeau County:              Osage Center

                                                            1625 N Kings Highway, Cape Girardeau, MO (14)


Butler County:                                Black River Coliseum

                                                            301 S. 5th St., Poplar Bluff, MO (259)


Reynolds County:                          Ellington High School

                                                            1 School St., Ellington, MO              (35)


Taney County:                                Salvation Army

                                                            1114 Stanley, Branson, MO (11)


Howell County:                               Standby

                                                            First Baptist Church

                                                            202 Walnut, West Plains, MO       


Currently, Damage Assessment teams are mobilizing and will assess damage in the affected areas in order to help determine the best course of action to take to help the victims of this disaster.  If anyone is unable to stay in their home due to the recent flooding and you are in need of emergency assistance please contact the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross at 866-206-0256 in Springfield or the Southeast Missouri Chapter in Cape Girardeau at 888-335-9471. 


Chris Harmon, Director of Emergency Services for the Greater Ozarks Chapter said, “We are here to carry out our mission of helping those people affected by the flooding and will remain on call till we know that everyone is safe and may return to their homes.”   


The Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) will return to Springfield from St. Louis and will be available to deploy to other areas of the state to help distribute clean up supplies and other items needed at shelter locations. 


In the wake of the recent flooding, the American Red Cross encourages all those affected by this disaster to register on the Safe and Well Website.  This easy-to-use tool, available at allows concerned loved ones all across the country to search for registrants’ posted messages and see that they are safe. 



About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at






Joann Moore

Public Relations/Fundraising

American Red Cross

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO  65803

417-832-9500, ext. 107

Fax 417-866-3649




Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.

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