Press Release: Iowa 6.30.08

RED CROSS BRINGING EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE
TO FLOOD-IMPACTED RESIDENTS IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

Contact: (571) 918-5585

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Monday, June 30, 2008 – American Red Cross client service centers and bulk distribution sites in Iowa City, Letts and West Burlington will close at 6 p.m. today. On Tuesday, emergency assistance efforts will shift to outreach teams meeting with flood-impacted residents.

“We’re expanding outreach to accommodate people who haven’t been able to come to our service centers,” said Ken Briggs, a volunteer from Virginia and administrator of client services for Red Cross disaster relief in Iowa and the Quad Cities area. “I want to emphasize that we’re not ending our flood relief operations. We’ll be here, reaching out to people who still need help, until those needs are met.”

Residents of the Iowa City, Letts and West Burlington, as well as residents of Lee County, who still need emergency assistance as a result of the recent flooding can call the Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636) toll-free to register for a face-to-face interview with a trained assistance volunteer.

Meanwhile, emergency assistance outreach will continue in flood-impacted areas of Henderson County in Illinois Residents there can also call 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636) toll-free to register for a face-to-face interview about their flood-related needs.

Emergency assistance may include providing the means to pay for groceries, clothing, medicine or
transportation. It may also help cover rent or minor repairs that will help people get back into their homes more quickly. Individuals or families who apply to the Red Cross for assistance must bring some form of identification showing their address, as proof that they lived in the area affected by the disaster.

Red Cross workers continue to meet with flood-impacted residents at two centers to provide assistance for their emergency needs. Service delivery sites will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday at:
• Westdale Mall, 2600 Edgewood Road SW, Cedar Rapids (former Osco’s next to JC Penney)
• American Red Cross of Quad Cities, 1100 River Drive, Moline, Ill.

Mobile feeding trucks circulating through the Wapello area will also carry supplies such as gloves, buckets and bleach for residents cleaning their flood-impacted homes.

Four Red Cross shelters remain open in eastern Iowa:
• 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
• Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4261 Oakcrest Hill Road SE, Building A, Iowa City

The Red Cross will continue to adjust services across Iowa as needs change for shelters, meals, snacks, cleanup supplies, physical and mental health services and individual client assistance.

Red Cross assistance to date in Iowa (as of June 28):
• With its partner organizations, opened 36 shelters with more than 5,880 overnight stays.
• Served some 510,000 meals and snacks.
• Opened more than 4,300 emergency assistance cases.
• Sent 48 emergency response vehicles and more than 1,626 Red Cross workers.
• Made more than 9,800 first aid and mental health contacts.
• Distributed more than 25,100 clean-up 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 www.redcross.org.

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