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ARC Volunteers Bring Comfort Across Logan County In Wake Of Flood

ARC Volunteers Bring Comfort Across Logan County In Wake Of Flood
Our volunteers are a ray of sunshine, offering a smile, a helping hand and a way to get through the stormy days.

American Red Cross disaster responders from the Northern Miami Valley Ohio Chapter continue to provide relief and comfort to those in Logan County as they recover from homes with inches of standing water. Although it was determined that a shelter wasn’t needed, local disaster volunteers such as Rainbow and Mary Williston remain on stand-by to re-open the shelter at the Bellefontaine Middle School if needed.

Trained Red Cross health workers are on stand-by as well, ready to provide services to people at the shelters, including emotional support and replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses. An emergency response vehicle delivered cleaning supplies to three area pick-up sites for those needing assistance with clean-up

supplies such as bleach, mops, gloves, and brooms. Residents can pick up items at the following locations:

  • Russell Point Community Center, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30/Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-4:00.
  • Lakeview Village Community Center, Monday-Friday from 9:00-4:00
  • Belle Center residents may contact the Municipal Center and leave a message.
  • “ Like much of the country where continues rain is causing problems, we are waiting for clear skies,” states Lynne Gump, Executive Director, “ until that happens, our volunteers will just have to be your ray of sunshine, offering a smile, a helping hand and a way to get through the stormy days.”

    As residents begin to clean up, the Red Cross encourages people to remember the following safety tips:

  • If possible, leave children and pets with a relative or friend. If not, keep them away from hazards and floodwater.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home.
  • If your home was flooded, it may be contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions.
  • Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours.
  • We urge you to share these Red Cross safety tips with every member of your household.

    For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Ohio on Twitter and Facebook. You can also visit at www.redcross.org/NMVO.