Press Release: Updated Red Cross Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Maryann Sinkler Office: (517) 918-5585; Cell: (515) 326-5681

CEDAR FALLS, IA – Wednesday, June 11, 2008 – The American Red Cross continues on the scene in numerous areas of the state providing shelter, meals and snacks to families forced from their homes by flooding.

This is a rapidly evolving disaster situation. This information was updated as of 6:45 p.m., Wednesday.

Red Cross shelters are open at:

  • Now Open – Zion Lutheran Church, 201 First Ave, Hiawatha
  • Now Open – Ottumwa High School, 501 E. 2nd St., Ottumwa
  • Now Open – Marshalltown Coliseum, 20 West State St., Marshalltown
  • University of Northern Iowa, West Gymnasium, 2501 Minnesota Street, Cedar Falls
  • Clear Lake Middle School, 1601 3rd Ave. N, Clear Lake
  • Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • Roosevelt Middle School, 300 13th Street NW, Cedar Rapids

Additional shelters have gone on standby to be reactivated as needed:

  • Calvary Foresquare Church, 1100 N. Highway 38, Tipton
  • Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, 1002 G Avenue, Vinton
  • Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Road SE, Building A, Iowa City
  • First Presbyterian Church, 1111 5th Avenue N, Fort Dodge
  • Church of Christ – The Bridge, 905 Des Moines Street, Webster City
  • Hoover Middle School, 630 Hillcrest Road, Waterloo
  • Mental Health Institute, 2277 Iowa Ave, Independence

Mobile Casework Continues:

  • Call 1-866-GET-INFO

Service delivery statistics to date as of Tuesday evening, June 10:

  • Meals and snacks served: More than 74,772
  • Bulk items Distributed: More than 38,070
  • Counseling Assistance: 1480
  • Clients Served through Mobile Outreach: 297
  • Total Red Cross Staff: 564

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 flooding and thousands of other disasters across the country each year 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 those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.

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