Update on Disaster Relief Operation

May 6, 2011                                                              NEWS RELEASE

Disaster Relief Update for Red Cross

Springfield, MO


          The Disaster Relief operation for Missouri continues as staff and volunteers of the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter remain committed to the mission of providing relief to all victims of disaster.


            Volunteer caseworkers will remain on the scene today in Taney County meeting with those individuals who have experienced flooding.  As of yesterday, May 5, 2011 the volunteers opened 29 cases and have helped almost 100 people with immediate needs.

Those needs may include clothing if needed, clean-up supplies, storage containers, and items such as bedding or linens. 


            The relief operation also continues in the Cape Girardeau area where staff and volunteers are still providing sheltering, mass care and bulk distribution.  The Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter and Southeast Missouri Chapter are working tirelessly to provide help and emotional support.


            As of May 5, 2011 your American Red Cross has provided over 700 people with a warm place to sleep, food and emotional support in Missouri.  They have also provided over 40,000 meals and snacks, over 600 clean-up kits, 775 comfort kits, and over 14,000 bulk items such as work gloves, bleach, mops, and shovels have been distributed.  Your Red Cross remains committed to help people begin to recover from the devastating storms. 


            The American Red Cross recovery operations continue in tornado-devastated neighborhoods throughout the South, and preparations are being made to respond to any flooding which may occur in the days to come along the swollen Mississippi River. 


            The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Please consider making a donation today to help the thousands of people who have been affected by these disasters.

            Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

            Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. 


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.




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.

For more information go to www.redcross.org 




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