Red Cross responds to new requests for flood assistance


Red Cross volunteers and staff have been busy with new requests for Red Cross disaster assistance from flood-affected counties. Volunteer teams have deployed into neighborhoods to talk to residents, assess needs and provide temporary housing or other assistance.

The Red Cross emergency shelters at Shelbyville High School, Henry County Fairgrounds, and the Red Cross office in Muncie are now closed.

So far, volunteers have provided support to emergency management and other responders, and Red Cross assistance, as needed, to affected families in the following counties: Bartholomew, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Jay, Johnson, Madison, Monroe, Morgan Rush, Shelby.

As rivers crest in the central part of the state and floodwaters move south, Red Cross has recruited additional volunteers to ensure that there is a well-staffed workforce in place on Christmas Eve, Christmas and the days to come.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health services to address basic human needs and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the floods and may be in need of Red Cross assistance with a safe place to stay and/or other emergency needs, please contact the American Red Cross at 888-684-1441.

Please check out this link for information on staying safe after a flood: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/flood

You can help people affected by disasters big and small by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. You can donate by visiting www.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.