Press Release: Iowa 6.17.08

Red Cross Providing Emergency Assistance
Service Delivery Site Operating in Cedar Rapids

CONTACT: Mary Dooley at (571) 205-3051
CEDAR RAPIDS, Tuesday, June 17, 2008 – Since the disastrous flooding struck this area one week ago, the primary focus of American Red Cross relief efforts has been providing emergency sheltering, feeding, and first aid to those impacted by the disaster.

Now that floodwaters are receding, the Red Cross is opening a Service Delivery Site at:

  • Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
  • Hours: Wednesday, June 18 opening 12 noon – 6 p.m. daily (until further notice) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Individuals or families will be able to meet one-on-one with a trained interviewer to help determine needs and provide urgently-needed assistance. Assistance may cover groceries, clothing, medicines, and rent depending on your circumstances. Red Cross mental health services may also provide counseling and/or referrals to other resources to aid in your recovery. In partnership with the Church of the Brethren Disaster Child Care, free child care will be offered during the interview process.
Individuals or families who apply to the Red Cross for assistance must provide some form of identification showing their pre-disaster address, as proof that they lived in the area affected by the disaster.
Additionally at that location, clean-up kits will be available containing brooms, scrub brushes, rubber gloves, buckets and disinfectant water. People may also pick up information on what to do after a flood and on other resources in the community.
Those unable to come to the Service Delivery Site, or who need other information about Red Cross assistance for disaster victims, should call the Red Cross Hotline at: 1-866-GET-INFO. TDD 1-800-526-1417 for hearing impaired callers
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


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