Press Release: Kansas


June 12, 2008


CONTACT: Andrea Anglin at (316) 650-9101

Throughout the night of Wednesday, June 11, and early morning Thursday, June 12, severe weather including tornadoes struck much of north-central Kansas. In response, the American Red Cross set up a shelter located on the Abilene Fairgrounds in Sterl Hall located at the intersection of NW Eighth St. and N. Rogers. It housed 35 people Wednesday night, and more are expected in the following nights as many families are without power.

The Red Cross is currently assessing the damage caused by the storm to determine how many volunteers and supplies will be needed for the relief operation. Dillons and the Kansas Food Bank have already stepped up to help and have donated pallets of water and snacks for the affected areas which are being delivered today.

If you are a victim and need assistance call the North Central Kansas Chapter at 1-866-723-3892.

Those who have loved ones in the affected areas should continue to try to contact their family and friends via telephone. However, the North Central Kansas Chapter of the Red Cross has a phone number, 1-866-723-3892 if you still cannot reach those who may be affected. Also, you can check for loved ones at and click on Safe and Well. Disaster victims can register themselves as “Safe and Well” through the Red Cross can do so at the Abilene City Library, 209 NW 4th street.

Anyone interested in helping tornado victims but who are not Red Cross trained should contact the Volunteer Center in Salina at 785-823-3128.

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 Central Kansas Tornadoes, 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. Call 1-800-REDCROSS 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


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