April 29, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
Multi-Agency Resource Center to open to help families
Red Cross Service Update
Cape Girardeau –
The American Red Cross and community partner agencies are working together to help people affected by the recent flooding in Missouri. To support families, there will be a Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) to meet with families and provide information and assistance.
Location, dates and hours of operation are as follows:
First Baptist Church
551 N Westwood
Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Monday May 2 & Tuesday, May 3, 2011
10am – 7pm
What is a Multi-Agency Resource Center? It is a central location for local and state agencies as well as human service organizations to answer your questions, provide information and disaster related assistance such as clean up kits, bleach, other bulk supplies, and information about how to apply for financial assistance.
Red Cross Damage Assessment teams are mobilizing and are preparing to begin their assessments 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