Press Release: Iowa 6.20.08

RED CROSS SERVICES UPDATE

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Friday, June 20, 2008 – The American Red Cross is adjusting its services to meet the needs of the estimated tens of thousands of people affected by the recent flooding.

Red Cross continues to provide shelter, meals, snacks, clean-up supplies, physical and mental health services and individual client assistance in affected areas of Iowa and neighboring Illinois.

Red Cross shelters:

  • University of Northern Iowa, West Gymnasium, 2501 Minnesota St., Cedar Falls
  • Wartburg College, Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • 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 Rapid
  • North West Junior High School, 1507 8th St., Coralville
  • West Burlington High School, 211 Ramsey St., West Burlington

Service Delivery Sites:

  • 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • American Red Cross of Quad Cities,1100 River Drive, Moline, Ill.
  • 220 Brandilynn Blvd.; Mattress King building across from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Cedar Falls
  • Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids; former Osco’s store next to JC Penney

Red Cross caseworkers are also driving through impacted areas of Mason City to meet with people as they begin their cleanup.

Bulk Distribution Sites:

  • Sam’s Shopping Center, 2605 Blairs Berry Road, NE, Cedar Rapids
  • 220 Brandilynn Blvd.; Mattress King building across from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, Cedar Falls
  • Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids; former Osco’s store next to JC Penney

“Safe and Well” website: If you’ve been affected by a disaster, the Red Cross encourages you to register yourself as “safe and well” on http://www.RedCross.org. From a list of standard messages, you can select what you want to communicate to family members and friends, to let them know of your well-being. If internet access is not available, you can call 1(866) GET-INFO to register.

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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