Red Cross Helps Residents Hit by Midwest Floods

Flooded River
If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.

The American Red Cross opened two shelters in Missouri on Tuesday after heavy rains caused deadly flash floods in Phelps and Pulaski Counties.

In addition to providing shelter, the Red Cross is working with the Southern Baptist Convention to provide food and water for evacuated residents and first responders.

Kansas residents are also dealing with floods that hit the central portion of their state over the weekend, which resulted in hundreds of evacuations on Sunday. The Red Cross is currently providing food, water and clean-up supplies as residents return to their homes.

FLOOD SAFETY

Flash floods will continue to be a threat in parts of the Midwest, so it’s important to be informed and take precautions.

Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).

Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

Critical Safety Tips:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. Keep your pets out of the water too.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
  • The Red Cross apps can also help you prepare and respond to floods. Flood tips are available in the First Aid App under “Prepare for Emergencies,” and if you have the Red Cross Hurricane App, it will send you alerts for flood watches and warnings. 

    You can download the free Red Cross apps directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

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    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 not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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