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Red Cross Teams Up with Community to Host Planning Summits for Potential Floods

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Monday, March 11 — The severe cold and heavy snowfall this winter have placed parts of West Michigan at a higher risk for flooding in the spring once the snow begins to melt. To prepare for these potential floods, the American Red Cross of West Michigan is teaming up with local relief organizations and government agencies to host several Community Agency Planning Summits across the region. The dates and locations of the upcoming summits are:


Tuesday March 18, 10:00am-12:00pm                                     

Newaygo County Emergency Operations Center                 

306 North St., White Cloud                                                          


Tuesday March 18, 1:00-4:00pm

Kroc Community Center

2500 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids


Monday March 24, 2:00-4:30pm                                                        

Gryphon Place                                                                                    

1104 S Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo


Wednesday March 26, 9:00-11:00am

United Way (Battle Creek Office)

34 Jackson St. W, Battle Creek


Monday March 31, 1:00-4:00pm

St. Edwards Catholic Church

531 Jordan Lake St., Lake Odessa


Predictions indicate a high likelihood for flooding between late March and early May of this year. The summits are a chance for organizations and agencies in the area to plan for the response and recovery phases of potential floods. Groups at these summits will have time to identify and develop strategies to meet community needs in the event of flooding. The summit will also encourage organizations to prepare themselves and their clients for the impact of a flood.


“The summits are a time for West Michigan to come together and find ways that we can help each other,” said Chip Kragt, Regional Director of Disaster Services for the Red Cross of West Michigan. “Potential flooding is a community issue, and working with our neighbors is crucial to making sure we’re all prepared.”


The summits are put on by the Red Cross of West Michigan in collaboration with the Salvation Army and Michigan 2-1-1. More than 100 community-level organizations, groups, and local government agencies have been invited to attend.


For more information about the summits, or if you are interested in attending any of them, please contact Chip Kragt at 616-456-8661 ext. 3301 or



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 or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.