Here in Missouri our local team of Red Cross volunteers have been providing for the emergency needs of families in the southeast where floods and straight-line winds caused damage in several communities. As of today, the Red Cross has provided more than 475 meals and snack items, more than 400 bulk items including clean up kits, comfort kits, shovels, gloves and rakes, to 134 people affected by storms in the communities of Lilbourn, Campbell and Malden.
As the southeast Missouri disaster response winds down, we are able to provide additional support to our neighbors in Baxter Springs. As local volunteer teams from Kansas reach the end of their first week, we know there will be additional need to replace those who are tired and need to rest. Five of the local Joplin volunteers are traveling daily to the Kansas operation, working with the response efforts there. One specialty volunteer from our SOMO Lebanon office has been deployed as part of the technical team setting up the computers and phones for the resource center in Baxter Springs. Additional volunteers in Joplin are on standby and will provide their experience as needed in the weeks to come.
With flash flooding occurring in the Florida peninsula, four SOMO volunteers have deployed to that region to work in shelter operations providing a safe dry place for those who have been evacuated from their homes.
HOW TO HELPThose who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at@RedCross.