Press Release: Iowa 6.23.08

RED CROSS EXPANDS OUTREACH INTO OSKALOOSA, IOWA CITY AND OTTUMWA

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

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Monday, June 23, 2008 – As residents of the Oskaloosa, Iowa City and Ottumwa areas begin their recovery from recent flooding, the American Red Cross is expanding emergency assistance services there.

Red Cross outreach teams will be visiting hard-hit areas:
• In the Oskaloosa area, beginning Monday
• In the Ottumwa area, beginning Tuesday

We urge residents of those areas to call 1-866-GET-INFO to register for a visit. Trained disaster volunteers on the outreach teams will meet with individuals and families on a case-by-case basis to determine their needs and offer assistance.

Meanwhile, flood-impacted residents of the Iowa City area can visit a new Red Cross Service Delivery Site in the Sycamore Plaza at 1600 Sycamore Street, Iowa City, beginning at noon Tuesday.

Going forward, that site will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Individuals and families can receive the same personal attention at the service center as is provided by the outreach teams. Proof of residency in the disaster impacted area is required. Residents will also be able to pick up household and cleanup items at the Sycamore Street location.

The Red Cross will continue 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.

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 www.redcross.org.

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