May 26, 2011                                                                        NEWS RELEASE

Red Cross Disaster Relief Update

Springfield, MO


            The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross continues to operate the shelter at Missouri Southern State University in the Young Gym.  There were about 200 residents at the shelter last night, May 25.


            Volunteers continue to provide much needed support and comfort to those individuals who have lost their homes in the devastating tornado.  American Red Cross headquarters in Washington DC has assigned additional disaster team members to Joplin including a mental health lead.  A “SAFE AND WELL” team has also arrived on the scene. 

The Red Cross safe and well website provides a place for people to register to let others know that they are safe and well. 


            The Red Cross and their partner agencies are planning on opening a Multi-Agency Resource Center where they will open casework with individual families.  More information on the location and when the center will open will be provided as it becomes available.


            The Chapter is also utilizing a trailer with showers that was purchased by Regional Homeland Security. 


            In addition to reaching out to the victims of the most recent disaster in Joplin, Red Cross volunteers continue to respond to fires in southern Missouri.


            In this difficult time when it is hard to verify information in Joplin, the Service to Armed Forces department of the chapter is continuing to work on getting military members home to be with their Joplin family members.


            Your American Red Cross remains committed to the mission of providing relief to victims of disaster and will work tirelessly to help those individuals who have been devastated from their loss. 


You can help people affected by disasters, like the recent Missouri tornadoes, 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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