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Red Cross Supporting Multiple Response Efforts

Iowa Canteening

DES MOINES, IA, JUNE 17 2014 - The American Red Cross is responding in multiple states including; Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin following strong storms Monday night and early Tuesday morning. These responses include opening shelters, providing meals, and supporting community efforts as officials manage rising flood waters.

In Iowa the Red Cross has mobilized teams in Northwest Iowa to help communities being evacuated due to flooding. In the communities of Rock Rapids, Cherokee, and Rock Valley shelters provided over 100 people with a safe place to stay last night. The Red Cross is helping to feed community volunteers who are sandbagging in these communities throughout the day. This morning the Red Cross also responded to a hotel fire in Storm Lake aiding 10 people. The Red Cross will continue to provide meals and shelter, as well as monitoring other communities in anticipation of more flooding in Northwest Iowa.

Dozens of Red Cross workers remain on scene in Notheast Nebraska, helping in Pilger and in other towns that were devastated by Monday's tornadoes. A Red Cross shelter remains open at Wisner-Pilger High School for residents impacted by the storm. The shelter offers a warm place to stay, food, minor first aid, and a shoulder to lean on.

HOW TO HELP:

The Red Cross is grateful to everyone who would like to assist following this devastating disaster. As families are allowed to return home, compassionate Red Cross disaster workers will meet with them to determine their exact needs. The best way you can help those impacted by storms, is to make a monetary donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief. These donations will allow us to immediately help families replace items that they have lost, such as specific clothing sizes or critical medications.

Those who would like to help areas impacted by disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and crises can make a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a 10$ donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond, and help people recover from disasters big and small.

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 non-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on twitter at @RedCross.