Press Release: Indiana 6.19.08

AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RESPONSE UPDATE – June 19, 2008

Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
CONTACT: Ann Gregson at Office (317) 684-4364; Cell (317) 538-2269

INDIANAPOLIS, June 19, 2008 – Red Cross volunteers continue to provide emergency assistance to families affected by flooding in central and southern Indiana.

People needing Red Cross disaster assistance should call 1-866-GET-INFO to receive Red Cross shelter and service center locations, and other vital information.

AMERICAN RED CROSS SERVICE DELIVERY SITES:
Red Cross caseworkers continue to work with families to verify their specific disaster-caused needs and provide emergency assistance.

The following locations will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily.

  • Bartholomew County: Northside Middle School, 1400 27th St., Columbus, IN
  • Johnson County: Johnson Center for Fine Arts, Franklin College, 101 Branigan Blvd. Franklin, IN
  • Knox County: Robert E. Green Activity Center, Vincennes University, 1st & Harrison St. Vincennes, IN
  • Morgan County: Poston Road Elementary, 139 E. Poston Rd., Martinsville, IN
  • Owen County: Spencer Elementary, 151 E Hillside Ave, Spencer, IN
  • Vigo County: Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1101 S. 13th St., Terre Haute, IN

The following location is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

  • Jackson County – American Red Cross, Jackson County Chapter, 410 Indianapolis Ave., Seymour, IN

(Jackson County also has a Comfort Center located at the Medora School, 82 S. George St., Medora, IN, that is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily where people can have a meal, take a shower and share their stories with other community members affected by the flooding. This is a collaborative effort of the Red Cross, Medora churches and the Jackson County United Way.)

People seeking Red Cross assistance need to bring a valid photo ID and proof of residence with them.

AMERICAN RED CROSS SHELTERS OPEN:
Red Cross volunteers continue to care for flood-affected residents at the following facility:

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

The American Red Cross has Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVS) providing mobile feeding in the affected counties. Red Cross outreach teams are also going door to door to talk to residents to identify unmet emergency needs.

INDIANA TORNADOES AND FLOODS FACTS AT A GLANCE, as of June 18, 2008

  • Families Seeking Red Cross Assistance: 2,628
  • Shelters Open: 19 (One is currently open)
  • Service Delivery Sites: 10 (Seven are currently open)
  • Meals and Snacks: 114,013
  • Fixed Feeding Sites: 19 (Six are currently open)
  • Kitchens: 2
  • Clean-up Kits Distributed (mop, bucket, bleach, etc.): 4,944
  • Comfort Kits Distributed: (personal care items) 2,741
  • Bulk Distribution Sites: 15 (Nine are currently open)
  • Bulk Items Distributed: 106,983
  • Mental Health Contacts: 3,947
  • Health Services Contacts: 3,392
  • Emergency Response Vehicles: 32
  • Total Red Cross Workers on the job in Indiana: 821

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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