Update: Red Cross Shelter Remains Open Sunday after Severe Storm

Three emergency response vehicles are moving through the hardest hit areas to assist in recovery efforts and have provided more than 1,200 meals and snacks to residents so far.

The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter continues to respond across the Greater St. Louis area in the wake of the storms Friday night. The Red Cross shelter at the James J. Eagan Center, 1 James J. Eagen Drive, Florissant, MO 63033, remains open for residents looking for support and relief from the disaster.

Thirty-six American Red Cross trained disaster volunteers have been assigned to the shelter, disaster assessment teams and three emergency response vehicles. They have been working around the clock to continue to provide immediate assistance to those affected by the storm. Fifteen residents spent Saturday night at the Florissant shelter. Three emergency response vehicles are moving through the hardest hit areas to assist in recovery efforts and have provided 1,265 meals and snacks to residents, thus far.

Ninety percent of the damage assesment in St. Charles and North St. Louis County is set to be completed today. Red Cross disaster response teams are also working with emergency management officials on the Illinois side of the river, to assess any immediate needs of residents in those areas.

Residents who have been affected by these recent storms can contact the Red Cross for disaster assistance at (314) 516-2800. The Red Cross provides affected residents with basic emergency needs such as food, a safe place to stay and emotional support, as well as a recovery plan for the days to come. Those who would like to lend a helping hand and volunteer, can contact the United Way by calling 2-1-1 or visiting this United Way web site.

In the aftermath of a disaster, people not only need information about what to do next and how to recover, but also how to be better prepared in the future. The "Be Red Cross Ready" campaign encourages three critical steps of preparedness: Make a plan, Get a kit, Be informed. The Red Cross "Ready Rating" program helps schools, business and organizations to be better prepared. People can also download the free Red Cross Tornado App or visit the website for what to do before, during and after a storm.

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.

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.