AMERICAN RED CROSS SEES PROGRESS IN HOUSING,
PREPARES TO REDIRCT SHELTER RESOURCES
JOPLIN, Mo., JUNE 27, 2011 – The American Red Cross has seen a marked decline in the number of people requiring Red Cross shelter services in the wake of the May 22 tornado and is preparing to redirect its resources to assist with long-term recovery in Joplin and surrounding communities.
“We are encouraged that people are finding accommodations; it is a sign of the resilience and viability of the community,” said Brian Keath, Director of Emergency Services for the Joplin office of the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross. “At the same time, we are concerned that some people may be trying to stay in homes that are damaged and unsafe. No one should risk their health or safety while the Red Cross shelter is available.”
Once the Red Cross determines that its shelter is no longer needed, workers will focus their resources on the long-term recovery of those affected by the tornado. Red Cross assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Monday through Friday at the resource center at 1110 E. Seventh St., Suite 13, in Joplin or by calling 866-206-0256.
The Red Cross shelter is located at Webb City Junior High School, 807 W. First St. in Webb City.
The Red Cross has provided more than 3,414 overnight stays to people affected by the tornado, beginning with a shelter at Missouri Southern State University.
“Missouri Southern was the center point of the Red Cross response in Joplin,” Keath said. “We could not have helped people as much we did without their facilities and volunteers.”
In addition to volunteers and workers affiliated with the Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter, more than 850 Red Cross workers from across the country came to Joplin to assist with sheltering and other immediate needs after the tornado.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
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