Many communities in Midwestern states are inundated with floodwaters, and hundreds of Red Cross workers are providing food, supplies, emotional support and health services. The Red Cross has shelters open in six Midwest states and has served thousands of meals and snacks and handed out hundreds of relief items for people who cannot return home because of flooding. The Red Cross will be providing help for weeks to come and has additional volunteers and supplies on standby.
Fourteen disaster volunteers have been deployed from the American Red Cross of Central-Southeast Ohio. The volunteers began deploying on Saturday and are assigned to disaster response operations in Illinois.
Once on the ground the Red Cross volunteers will assist persons affected by the floods by providing meals, health and mental health services, logistic support and disaster assessment.
In addition to the personnel, two emergency response vehicles (ERV) have been deployed to Illinois, one from the Columbus chapter and another ERV from the Licking county chapter.