April 30, 2011 NEWS RELEASE
Red Cross Continues Their Mission
Sunny skies and beautiful weather are not keeping Red Cross volunteers and staff members of the Greater Ozarks Chapter and Southeast Missouri Chapter from continuing their mission of providing relief to victims of the recent flooding in Missouri. They continue with their mission of helping people get back on their feet after experiencing devastation and being forced to evacuate from their homes.
As of Friday evening only two shelters remained open with a total of 34 people provided with shelter, food and emotional support. There were 31 people in New Madrid County and 3 in Stoddard County.
The Red Cross disaster relief operation in Southern Missouri has sheltered over 400 people in the last several days. They have also provided 1,763 meals and 1,619 snacks. Three Emergency Response Vehicles have also provided mobile feeding. At least 100 comfort kits were also distributed.
Late last night a truck arrived in Cape Girardeau with bulk distribution supplies which will be distributed in that area. The truck left Springfield yesterday afternoon with supplies which came from the Red Cross St. Louis distribution center. It includes items such as clean-up kits, work gloves, and comfort kits.
At the present time Damage Assessment teams are still unable to access damaged areas in the Branson area due to the high waters. More information will be provided as it becomes available on damage assessment in the Branson area. Due to zero population, the shelter in Branson was closed at the Salvation Army. The Red Cross had provided the cots, blankets and volunteers to operate the shelter.
The media is encouraged to view the Greater Ozarks chapter website at www.redcross-ozarks.org . Click on news at the top of the page and follow information on the links at the bottom of the page to utube, twitter, facebook, etc.
The Greater Ozarks Chapter and the Southeast Missouri Chapters of the American Red Cross would like to thank the public for all their support of the recent disaster in Missouri. With a forecast of more rain on the way, your Red Cross remains committed to helping everyone who has been affected by the Missouri floods.
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