In the days since the Red Cross opened direct distribution sites, workers have helped dozens of families by providing hygiene kits and clean-up kits (including mop, broom, bucket, scrub brush and chemicals).
With the addition of direct distribution, the American Red Cross is assisting more families each day. As of 5 p.m. yesterday (April 21), the Red Cross distributed 57 clean-up kits to flood victims. The Red Cross of West Michigan has provided shelter for more than 65 people and has served nearly 500 meals and snacks. People can pick up relief supplies they need at one of 6 distribution sites in West Michigan. These sites are at the following shelter locations:
Shelters will be open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., but will stay open overnight if there is a need. At the sites, Red Cross relief workers provide snacks and beverages for families. These sites double as shelters, so people can have a safe place to stay. Three hot meals are served each day. Licensed mental health workers are available to talk with or provide crisis counseling to families and individuals suffering emotionally from trauma related to the disaster, and first aid stations are staffed by trained Red Cross disaster health workers. If community members arrive at a closed shelter, there will be a Red Cross emergency assistance phone number posted on the door.
The Red Cross is partnering with the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Convention in mobile feeding and clean-up kit distribution. If your home has been affected by flooding or power outages, but you haven’t had to evacuate, call 2-1-1 to get assistance.
Financial contributions for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to help disaster victims anywhere, anytime. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. For more information on how to give, visit redcross.org/donate, text REDCROSS to 90999, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.