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Red Cross Shelter to Remain Open in Ainsworth, NE

Area Volunteers Respond to Numerous Fires, Colo. Theater Shooting

Red Cross Disaster Relief Volunteers continue to offer support to local residents and the 32 fire fighting departments who are responding Fairfield Creek Fire raging in North Central Nebraska. Disaster workers in emergency response vehicles are circulating in and near affected areas, delivering water and food, supplies and comfort items. More than 1,107 meals and snack have been served since the operation began Friday evening.

A Red Cross emergency shelter located in the Ainsworth Community Schools facility at 520 East 2nd Street Ainsworth, NE 69210 will remain open. The shelter is a safe place for those who had to evacuate and for those who need to rest, eat & hydrate. Displaced residents & responders can expect comfort & care from trained Red Cross Volunteers.

In the past week, Red Cross Volunteers from have responded to a total of 18 incidents throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, including home fires, wild fires and a gas leak.

Additionally, Red Cross volunteer Danelle Schlegelmilch of Omaha returns from Aurora, Colorado today. Schlegelmilch was on scene at the shelter in Aurora Central High School, helping where Red Cross volunteers provided support to those evacuated from their apartments in the theater shooting suspect’s neighborhood.

Danelle Schlegelmilch will be available for brief live interviews at 6:00 pm today. Please contact Alyson Roach at 402-689-3683 to arrange an interview.

You can help people affected by disasters such as floods, tornadoes, fires and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support AmericanRed Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

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