American Red Cross update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
American Red Cross

Disaster Headquarters

2437 Myra Dr #1

Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

www.redcross.org

Fast Facts Contact: Sara Gerau

Office: 571-918-5042

Cellular: 573-576-6840

sgerau@semoredcross.org

FLOOD AND TORNADO DISASTER RELIEF OPERATION
RED CROSS ASSISTANCE AT-A-GLANCE AS OF NOON ON MAY 2, 2011 .

As a result of the Missouri storms, the Red Cross has had more than 800 community members staying in our shelters, 20,087 meals and snacks have been served, 12 Emergency Response Vehicles have been providing mobile feeding, 428 home clean-up kits, 1,057 hygiene kits, and more than 14,000 bulk items such as water, rakes, and gloves have been distributed. Over 350 Red Cross volunteers have been on scene throughout Missouri. Also, family disaster assistance cases have been opened with 483 people being helped. Your American Red Cross continues to provide assistance in Southeast Missouri to flood stricken area.

At this time the Red Cross is partnering with local organizations to offer shelters in the local communities:

Cape Girardeau County

Salvation Army

701 Good Hope Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703-6250

Stoddard County

Lighthouse Christian Center

18555 Lighthouse Drive
Dexter, MO 63841

The Red Cross has also established several partnerships with churches in the area that are on stand by for sheltering.

If you are in need of sheltering or know someone that is need of assistance please have them call 211 in Missouri to be connected to the United Way. Why call 2-1-1? There are hundreds of reasons, but here are some basic reasons: counseling, education, temporary resources, volunteering and help locating shelters.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Your American Red Cross needs your help. If you would like to support the disaster relief operation please join us by logging ontowww.redcross.org or calling 1-800-red-cross (733-2767).

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.

Help people affected by disasters like the recent [insert disaster], 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 prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

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