Press Release: Wisconsin 6.24.08

Red Cross Announces Shelter Opening and Mobile Units Deployed In Rock County

Contact: Barb Behling – Office: 571-918-5547 Cell: 512-529-795

JANESVILLE, WI, June 24, 2008 – The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Operation is opening a shelter in Aldrich Middle School, 1859 Northgate Drive, Beloit, WI, at 8:00 p.m. and is available for anyone living in Beloit who has recently been displaced because of flooding. Red Cross is also delivering bulk items and food via their Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) throughout the flooded areas of Newville, Janesville and Beloit. Health Services and mental health care teams will also be in the area to provide outreach.

Bulk items include clean-up and comfort kits (hygiene products), bug spray, heater meals, water, information on mildew clean-up, water purification, bleach, etc. The ERV will also provide hot meals and beverages for those affected by the flood.

“It is important we bring the products and services to the people affected by this horrible disaster,” said Jack Morgan, public affairs officer for the American Red Cross. “This latest series of flooding has been extremely traumatic for Rock County residents and having services available in affected neighborhoods makes the recovery process less traumatic.”

For more information on the shelter, please call the South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross, 608-754-4497.

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 Central US floods and Tornadoes 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. Call 1-800-REDCROSS 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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