Press Release: Indiana 6.23.08

AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER RESPONSE UPDATE

Contact: Ann Gregson at Office: (317) 684-4364 Cell: (317) 538-2269
or Carol Greeley at Office: (317) 684-4351 Cell: (317) 538-2273

INDIANAPOLIS, June 23, 2008 – Red Cross volunteers continue to provide emergency assistance to families affected by tornadoes and flooding in central and southern Indiana.

People needing Red Cross disaster assistance should call 1-866-GET-INFO.

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
  • 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 will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. (New Hours):

  • Knox County: Robert E. Green Activity Center, Vincennes University, 1st & Harrison St. Vincennes, IN

The following location will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily:

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

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

Red Cross outreach teams are also going door to door to talk to residents to identify unmet emergency needs.

American Red Cross Comfort Center:
This is a place where people can have a meal, take a shower and share 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.

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

  • Jackson County – Medora School, 82 S. George St., Medora, IN

INDIANA TORNADOES AND FLOODS FACTS AT A GLANCE, as of June 22, 2008:
Families Seeking Red Cross Assistance: 3,181
Shelters Open: 19 (Red Cross opened a total of 19 shelters; none are currently open as all residents have secured other housing.)
Service Delivery Sites: 10 (Seven are currently open.)
Meals and Snacks: 133,646
Fixed Feeding Sites: 19 (Red Cross operated a total of 19 fixed feeding sites; none are currently open.)
Kitchens: 2 (One is currently open.)
Clean-up Kits Distributed (mop, bucket, bleach, etc.): 6,258
Comfort Kits Distributed: (personal care items) 2,920
Bulk Distribution Sites: 18 (Five are currently open)
Bulk Items Distributed: 191,561
Mental Health Contacts: 4,408
Health Services Contacts: 4,120
Emergency Response Vehicles: 35
Total Red Cross Workers on the job in Indiana: 963
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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