Red Cross collaborates with emergency response partners

With Christmas just days away, it’s hard to imagine a more emotionally trying time to have to evacuate your home, but several local families are doing just that because of concerns for their safety in the face of rising flood waters.

American Red Cross disaster volunteers are working with county emergency responders and community sheltering partners to provide a temporary warm and dry haven for families who were displaced from their homes by flooding in Shelby, Marion and Morgan.

The shelters are located at:

Shelbyville High School, 2003 S. Miller Street, Shelbyville 46176

American Red Cross Headquarters, 441 E. 10th Street, Indianapolis 46202

St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1709 E. Harrison Street, Martinsville, 46151

Trained disaster volunteers and staff are on site helping the residents feel safe and comfortable as they wait for floodwaters to recede and to be allowed to return home for the holidays.

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.

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, 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.