Press Release: American Red Cross Relief Efforts Expand

Emergency Sheltering Continues as Additional Red Cross Relief Activities Begin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ann Gregson at office: (317) 684-4364 or Cell: (317) 538-2269

INDIANAPOLIS, June 10, 2008

More than 150 central and southern Indiana residents continue to stay in Red Cross shelters as volunteers from across the country arrive in the state to join with Hoosier Red Cross volunteers to meet the disaster-caused needs of thousands of residents reeling from record-breaking flooding.

People needing assistance should call 1-866-GET-INFO to receive shelter locations and other vital information.

CURRENT RED CROSS SHELTERS OPEN:

Johnson County: Community Church of Greenwood, 1477 W. Main St., Greenwood, IN

Morgan County: Martinsville High School, 1360 E. Gray St., Martinsville, IN

Brown County: Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow Street, Nashville, IN

Bartholomew County: Northside Middle School, 1400 27th St., Columbus, IN

Owen County: Spencer Elementary, 151 E Hillside Ave, Spencer, IN

Vigo County: Terre Haute North High School, 3434 Maple Ave, Terre Haute, IN

Jackson County: Medora Conservation Club, Medora, IN

Knox County: North Knox High School, 10890 N. State Road 159, Bicknell, IN

Davies County: North Davies High School, 5494 E. State Road 58, Elnora, IN

Lawrence County, IL: Parkside Elementary, 1900 Cedar St., Lawrenceville, IL
NEW RED CROSS RELIEF ACTIVITES:
Disaster Assessment
Disaster Assessment was initiated today as water is receding and crews are able to safely access the affected areas. Trained Damage Assessment teams were in Bartholomew, Jackson, Brown, Johnson, Morgan, Shelby and Vigo counties today with more to come.

Client Casework
Red Cross is preparing to open Client Service Centers where Red Cross caseworkers will meet one-on-one with families to identify their specific disaster-caused needs, help them develop recovery plans, and provide financial assistance, as needed.

Mass Care
Twelve Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are servicing the various flood-affected areas. Food for mobile feeding is currently being supplied from a centrally staged Southern Baptist kitchen. Bulk distribution sites are being established in Johnson, Morgan and Brown counties. Bulk distribution will be an ongoing effort and more locations will be added.
All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Indiana Tornadoes and Floods, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis at 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3388 or to your local Red Cross chapter. Contributions can also be made by calling (317) 684-1441 or by visiting http://www.redcross-indy.org/donate.

 

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