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.
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:
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.