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Red Cross Opening Emergency Shelter at in Johnson County

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At the request of Johnson County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa will open an emergency shelter at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday...

At the request of Johnson County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa will open an emergency shelter at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the Johnson County Fairgrounds due to rising water levels in Coralville Lake.

24/7 Shelters:

  • Johnson County Fairgrounds – Building A
  • 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd SE - Iowa City, IA 52246

  • Harding Middle School
  • 4801 Golf St NE - Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

    The emergency shelter at Harding Middle School in Cedar Rapids remains open to affected residents, but is scheduled to close at noon on Thursday, July 3. Four people stayed overnight in the shelter on Tuesday. If someone in Cedar Rapids still needs a safe place to stay on Thursday, please contact the local Red Cross office (319)393-3500.

    Red Cross volunteers are meeting one-on-one with families in Cedar Rapids to determine what they need to move forward with their recovery. Clean-up kits are still available to those in need at the Grant Wood Area Chapter Red Cross office (6300 Rockwell Drive NE) from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is working in many communities including:

    Jones County - On Thursday, a team of Red Cross volunteers will return to Jones County in the emergency response vehicle to work one-on-one with affected families, as well as provide clean-up kits, water and snacks in the towns of Olin and Anamosa.

    Tama County - Red Cross volunteers traveling in the Des Moines-based emergency response vehicle are in Tama County today (Wednesday) handing out clean-up kits, snacks and water, assessing the damage and meeting one-on-one with affected families in Traer and Chelsea. Red Cross is already assisting a few families in both communities.

    Union County, South Dakota - Red Cross volunteers continue to work one-on-one with flood affected families in Union County, South Dakota following the storms that affected those communities in June.

    Guthrie County - A Red Cross disaster team gave out clean-up kits, snacks and water in in Adair on Tuesday to families and community volunteers cleaning up wind damage.

    The Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is assisting families in: Washington (Kalona); Tama (Traer and Chelsea); Linn (Cedar Rapids and Lisbon); Jones (Wyoming, Olin Anamosa and Morley) and Story counties following the severe weather that moved across the region on Sunday and Monday.

    Please share this information on your broadcasts, websites, publications and social media pages.

    If you or someone you know needs Red Cross assistance, please call your local chapter:

  • (319)393-3500 - Grant Wood Area Chapter serving Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties.
  • (319)234-683 - Hawkeye Chapter serving Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette and Grundy counties.
  • (515)243-7681 - Central Iowa Area Chapter serving Carroll, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas, Polk, Cass, Adair, Madison, Warren, Marion, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur and Wayne counties.
  • (641)753-3371 - Iowa Rivers Chapter serving Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties.
  • (515)576-1911 - Brushy Creek Area Chapter serving Calhoun, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas and Webster counties.
  • (712)252-4081 - Siouxland Area Chapter serving Buena Vista, Cherokee, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux, Woodbury, Union, SD and Dakota, NE counties.
  • The Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is updating social media sites (Facebook, search American Red Cross Iowa and on Twitter, @GreaterIA_ARC) with the very latest information on where people can go for assistance.

    Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • How You Can Help:

    Help people affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.