As local government officials work to find a water source for the communities affected by the recent water ban in Fulton, Lucas, and Wood Counties, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio is working to activate volunteers to assist with bulk distribution of water.
The Red Cross has coordinated with the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency and other local and government officials and community partners to best serve those in need. Distribution sites supplied by local government and staffed by Red Cross volunteers will be available for each family to receive one case of water at the following locations:
- Springfield High School – 1470 S McCord Rd, Holland, OH 43528; 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
- Woodward High School – 701 E Central Ave, Toledo, OH 43608; 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
- Central Catholic High School – 2550 Cherry St, Toledo, OH 43608; 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
- Waite High School - 301 Morrison Dr, Toledo, OH 43605; 4:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Individuals who are homebound can call 419.329.6060 and be placed on a distribution list for delivery of water to their place of residence. Volunteers will be available to answer phones at the local Red Cross office until 9:00 p.m. this evening and tomorrow beginning at 8:00 a.m. should the ban still be in effect.
At this time, it’s critical to follow the instructions provided by local emergency workers regarding contact with tap water. Please continue to monitor the situation on local government sites. It is important to remember to not use tap water that may be affected by the algae to wash dishes, brush teeth, or prepare food. People should contact a doctor if they start to feel sick and believe they may have ingested tap water.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Red Cross volunteers are trained to respond to disasters such as this one. People can become a Red Cross volunteer by visiting redcross.org or contacting their local Red Cross office.
All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the American people. You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to the American Red Cross. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters. Individuals wishing to make small in-kind donations may take them to the O.D.O.T. distribution Center at 4080 Technology Dr., Maumee, OH.