Press Release: Iowa 6.22.08

UPDATED RED CROSS SERVICES

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Sunday, June 22, 2008 – The American Red Cross is opening more Bulk Distribution Sites at noon today in Iowa City and other south east Iowa communities to serve disaster affected residents.

Red Cross continues to expand services across Iowa and in the Quad Cities area as needs emerge for shelters, meals, snacks, clean-up supplies, physical and mental health services and individual client assistance.

Red Cross volunteers will be handing out cleanup supplies and other bulk items from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at:

  • Sycamore Mall, 1676 Sycamore St., Iowa City
  • L&M Elementary School, 14506 170th St., Letts
  • Solid Rock Baptist Church, 14041 Locust St., Wapello

Supplies continue to be available at:

  • Sam’s Shopping Center, 2605 Blairs Berry Road, NE, Cedar Rapids
  • Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids; former Osco’s store next to JC Penney

Red Cross Shelters:

  • University of Northern Iowa, West Gymnasium, 2501 Minnesota St., Cedar Falls
  • 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 St., Coralville
  • Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Road SE, Building A, Iowa City
  • Wartburg College, Waverly Sports and Wellness Center, 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly
  • West Burlington High School, 211 Ramsey St., West Burlington

Service Delivery Sites:

  • 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
  • American Red Cross of Quad Cities,1100 River Drive, Moline, Ill.
  • 100 Wartburg Blvd., Waverly

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

“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.

Red Cross services in Iowa to date (through June 21):

  • The Red Cross and its partner organizations have opened 28 shelters with more than 4,400 overnight stays.
  • Served nearly 300,000 meals and snacks.
  • Fielded 41 emergency response vehicles and more than 1,250 Red Cross workers.
  • Made some 6,300 first aid and mental health contacts.
  • Distributed nearly 11,500 cleanup kits.

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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