Press Release: Iowa 6.19.08


Contact: Laurel Goforth at Office: (571) 918-5585; Cell: (512) 608-7272

CEDAR FALLS, IA – June 19, 2008 – The American Red Cross continues to be on the scene in numerous areas of Iowa. Immediate assistance of shelter, meals, snacks, clean-up supplies and individual client assistance is being provided.

This is a rapidly evolving disaster situation. Information updated as of 5 p.m., Thursday.

Red Cross shelters in Iowa:

  • University of Northern Iowa, West Gymnasium, 2501 Minnesota Street, Cedar Falls
  • Wartburg College, Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, 1002 G Avenue, Vinton  (Closing at 8 p.m. tonight)
  • Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Road SE, Building A, Iowa City
  • Viola Gibson Elementary School, 6101 Gibson Drive NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Prairie High School, 401 76th Ave, Cedar Rapids
  • North West Junior High School, 1507 8th Street, Coralville, IA 52241
  • West Burlington High School, 408 W. Van Weiss, W. Burlington, IA 52655

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

  • Calvary Foursquare Church, 1100 N. Highway 38, Tipton
  • Mental Health Institute, 2277 Iowa Ave, Independence
  • Harmony High School, 33727 Route J40, Farmington
  • Walsh Junior High, 426 McCarroll, Ottumwa

Service Delivery Sites in Iowa:

  • Waverly – Also a bulk distribution site, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • Cedar Falls/Waterloo – Also a bulk distribution site, In the Mattress King Building across from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, 220 Brandilynn Blvd., Cedar Falls
  • Cedar Rapids – Also a bulk distribution site, Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Rd. SW, Cedar Rapids
  • Sam’s Shopping Center, 2605 Blairs Berry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids

The Red Cross also has caseworkers in mobile units currently in Mason City, IA.

Safe and Well:
Safe and Well Website. If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well.” From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being. If internet access is not available, you can call 1(866) GET-INFO.

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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