April 27, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
Red Cross Shelter Update
Springfield, MO –
The Greater Ozarks Chapter and Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross are working together to help the victims of the recent flooding in Missouri which has forced many people to evacuate from their homes. The following is a list of shelters still open and the number of people that occupied them last night, April 26, 2011.
Cape Girardeau County: Osage Center
1625 N Kings Highway, Cape Girardeau, MO
(5 People) Remains open
Butler County: Black River Coliseum
301 S. 5th St., Poplar Bluff, MO
(310 People) Remains open
Scott County: Scott County Central H.S.
Sikeston, MO (8 People) Remains open
Taney County: Salvation Army
1114 Stanley, Branson, MO (11 People) Remains open
The following shelters are closed at this time.
Noel Fire Station, Noel, MO (McDonald County)
Ellington High School, Ellington, MO (Reynolds County)
First Baptist Church, West Plains, MO (Howell County)
Damage Assessment teams are mobilizing and are preparing to begin their assessments in affected areas. Volunteer caseworkers are now on standby and are expected to report by this weekend to meet with the affected individuals.
Today we are expected to receive a shipment of clean-up kits and they will be distributed to areas where needed the most.
A Red Cross Communication Response Vehicle is scheduled to arrive in Cape Girardeau and will be on hand to help with managing communication issues in affected areas.
Red Cross Disaster workers are working around the clock in the affected areas, providing people with shelter, meals, counseling and supplies to help with clean-up efforts. The Red Cross is committed and will still be there in the weeks to come, helping people as they try to get back on their feet.
You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri floods by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You may also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online donation by visiting www.redcross.org.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
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.
For more information go to www.redcross.org