Update: Red Cross Assisting Families Throughout St. Louis Region After Storms

St Louis Red Cross, Update Assisting Families After Storms Disaster Photo
Those in need of Red Cross Disaster Assistance should call 314-516-2700. Those wishing to donate to the disaster relief effort can call 314-516-2800 or visit redcross.org.

The American Red Cross is providing assistance to dozens of residents throughout the region following the storms.

A 24-hour Red Cross shelter remains open at this time at the Hazelwood Civic Center at 8969 Dunn Road, where staff and volunteers are providing food and shelter to displaced residents. Open since this morning, a few dozen people have visited the shelter for meals and snacks, a warm place to stay and emotional support. Casework for affected families will begin once the shelter is closed. Overnight, six people spent the night at a separate shelter at Armstrong Elementary School.

Today, Red Cross disaster responders completed damage assessment throughout the area. They found 52 homes destroyed and 14 with major damage. This includes a Hazelwood apartment complex that also suffered serious damage. A Hazelwood apartment complex also suffered serious damage. The storm ripped the roofs off of several of the buildings; 48 units are destroyed. Disaster responders also canvassed South St. Louis, and found major damage.

In Franklin County, Missouri, the Red Cross is providing food, clothing and shelter to several affected families. 35 trailer homes are inaccessible and without power.

In Piasa Harbor in Godfrey, IL, the Red Cross is assisting several families with immediate needs such as food, clothing and shelter as well, after the storm damaged that area.

Those in need of Red Cross Disaster Assistance should call 314-516-2700. Those wishing to donate to the disaster relief effort can call 314-516-2800 or visit redcross.org.

The Animal Disaster Response Team with the Humane Society of Missouri is also on site at the Dunn Road shelter, to help those affected individuals with pets. For more information, call Mike Perkins at 314-805-7252.

The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies happen thanks to our generous donors. The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter is a proud member agency of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.

The Red Cross is part of the “All Ready” campaign, a unified effort among emergency preparedness experts in the bi-state region that focuses on the importance of individual preparedness. The campaign encourages the three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed.

About Red Cross Emergency Services: The American Red Cross provides immediate assistance with food, shelter and other critical needs immediately following emergencies. The Red Cross is able to respond 24/7 throughout the region thanks to the dedication of thousands of volunteers and generous donors. All Red Cross disaster relief assistance is free. For other emergency and long-term needs, call the United Way’s 2-1-1 resource center, where a trained specialist is always available. Those with cell phones only should call 1-800-427-4626.To learn more about Red Cross services, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.

About the American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter: Celebrating 95 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The St. Louis Area Chapter is the headquarters of the Greater St. Louis Region, which covers St. Louis City, and 72 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.