Press Release: Indiana 6.25.08

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) 538-227

INDIANAPOLIS, June 25, 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.

Note new locations and hours for the following counties effective Thursday, June 26:

Bartholomew County: American Red Cross, Bartholomew-Brown County Chapter, 931 Repp Dr., Columbus, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Knox County: American Red Cross, Old Northwest Territory Chapter, 316 Main St., Vincennes, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Morgan County: American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, Morgan County Service Center, 1789 E. Morgan, Martinsville, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The following locations are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily:

Johnson County: Johnson Center for Fine Arts, Franklin College, 101 Branigan Blvd. Franklin

Owen County: Spencer Elementary, 151 E Hillside Ave, Spencer

The following location is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily:

Vigo County: Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1101 S. 13th St., Terre Haute

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

Jackson County: American Red Cross, Jackson County Chapter, 410 Indianapolis Ave., Seymour

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.

INDIANA TORNADOES AND FLOODS FACTS AT A GLANCE, as of June 24, 2008:

  • Families Seeking Red Cross Assistance: 3,373
  • Shelters Open: 19 (Red Cross opened a total of 19 shelters during this relief operation; none are currently open as all residents have secured other housing.)
  • Service Delivery Sites: 10 (Seven are currently open.)
  • Meals and Snacks: 134,800
  • Fixed Feeding Sites: 19 (Red Cross operated a total of 19 fixed feeding sites during this relief operation; none are currently open.)
  • Kitchens: 2 (None are currently open.)
  • Clean-up Kits Distributed (mop, bucket, bleach, etc.): 6,258
  • Comfort Kits Distributed: (personal care items) 2,920
  • Bulk Distribution Sites: 18 (Red Cross had a total of 18 distribution sites during this relief operation; none are currently open.)
  • Bulk Items Distributed: 191,561
  • Mental Health Contacts: 4,625
  • Health Services Contacts: 4,433
  • Emergency Response Vehicles: 36
  • Total Red Cross Workers on the Indiana relief operation: 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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