Midwest River Region Flood Response Update July 4, 2014

Teen girl in a Red Cross Shelter

Midwest River Region - July 4, 2014 – During this Holiday weekend, American Red Cross volunteers continue to respond for community residents who have been affected by flooding during the last week. We are keeping in close contact with county officials and are making sure the families in our communities have a safe place to stay, food, relief supplies and emotional support.

Today we will

• Distribute clean up kits from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the West Liberty City Hall located at 409 North Calhoun Street in West Liberty

• Have volunteers and mental health services available to people who need assistance or emotional support due to this week’s flooding

• Be available for new situations that arise

Most recently we have

• Opened a shelter in Biggsville, Illinois (Henderson County) Tuesday, July 3rd, to provide an overnight stay for a family of four

• Distributed more than 145 clean up kits and provided immediate assistance and referrals to individuals at distribution centers set up at the East Moline Fire Department, Wilton City Hall and West Liberty City Hall

• Distributed more than 355 meals to residents in the East Moline affected area

• Provided an overnight shelter for two individuals at the Glenview Middle School in East Moline on Tuesday, July 1st

• Helped with arranging a potential shelter site for around 40-60 people who were evacuated from the Watertown Area in East Moline in the overnight hours of Monday, June 30th 

 

Red Cross volunteers responding to the flooding are members of the Regional Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who respond to the scene of a disaster when called upon at any time of the day or night. For 24/7 emergency assistance, please call 309-743-2166.

For media questions or to arrange interviews, please contact Brooke Mehaffey at 563-299-0660.

The Red Cross Flood App helps to save lives and reduce losses from floods and flash floods. This free app gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a flood. The content is available in English and Spanish based on the user’s language settings on their mobile device. The app includes location-based, audible NOAA flood and flash flood watches and warnings – even if the app is closed. The Flood App, along with the others, can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.

HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and other crises can make a donation to 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 to 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 not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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