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Red Cross responding to Toledo Water Emergency

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About 500,000 residents in the Toledo area without drinking water.

About 500,000 residents in the Toledo area without drinking water this evening, and the Red Cross is coordinating with local and state emergency management, government officials and community partners to best serve those in need.

Water distribution sites supplied by local government and staffed by Red Cross volunteers are opening this evening to provide drinking water to local residents. The Red Cross is taking calls from those who are homebound to help ensure they are placed on a distribution list for water, and we plan on starting delivery for these residents this evening and into tomorrow.

A logistics vehicle based in Columbus left for Toledo this afternoon with volunteers and 5 pallets of bottled water, and two Emergency Response Vehicles are scheduled to leave from Central Ohio tomorrow to help with relief efforts. Volunteers and staff throughout Ohio are working together to ensure those in need receive assistance.

The Red Cross is not in need of in kind assistance of water at this time. All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to the American Red Cross. You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters