On August 7, 2013 flash flooding began to ravage several Midwest communities leaving hundreds homeless across the state of Missouri. The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross immediately responded alongside The Heart of Missouri Chapter of Jefferson City, to help people in need by opening shelters and providing emergency relief to those affected by flood waters.
Within hours of the call for support from the affected communities, several Red Cross relief trailers arrived to set up shelter first in Waynesville and then later in the communities of Lake Ozark and Hollister, MO with a total of 3 shelters for flood victims. Hundreds of families were in need of help, and the Red Cross was there to help them pick up the pieces. In response to the floods in these communities and surrounding areas, the Red Cross to date has:
The Red Cross is still at work in the affected communities by assisting people through recovery and helping the community be safer for the next time flood waters threaten. Along with our partner organizations as well as state and local officials, the Red Cross continued is focused on:
The American Red Cross is deeply grateful to the people, businesses and organizations that so generously support our disaster relief efforts in Missouri.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.