Midwest River Region Flood Response Update July 6, 2014

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Midwest River Region- July 6, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to work with county officials and community partners to help surrounding communities affected with the flooding that started on June 30, 2014. 

Today, July 6, 2014 we are

-Distributing clean up kits and comfort items in partnership with the Salvation Army at the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities Area office located at 1100 River Drive in Moline from noon to 2:00 p.m. today 

-Available to people who need assistance or emotional support due to this week's flooding – please remember that the Red Cross offices are closed on the weekend so for 24/7 emergency assistance, please call 309-743-2166 

-Last evening, July 5th, a shelter was opened at Central Middle School in Muscatine for a family of six who needed a place to stay due to rising waters 

Since Monday, June 30th we have 

-Distributed more than 245 clean up kits and comfort items and provided immediate assistance and referrals to individuals at distribution centers set up in East Moline, Wilton and West Liberty 

-Distributed more than 500 meals and snacks to residents in Rock Island, Mercer and Muscatine Counties 

-Provided an overnight shelter for a family of four in Henderson County for July 3rd, 4th and 5th; provided an overnight shelter for two individuals in Rock Island County on July1st; and had a shelter site ready in Rock Island  County in case the 40-60 individuals who were evacuated from the Watertown area needed a place to stay during 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. 

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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