Red Cross, other agencies shift focus to long-term recovery

We want to continue to build and establish new partner relationships while nourishing existing ones.

Community agencies are turning their focus from short-term needs to long-term recovery for Pulaski County residents affected by the recent flooding in the county.

“Immediately after the flood we wanted to make sure those impacted have the food, clothing, shelter, information and support they needed to survive the initial shock of this tragic event,” said Phillip Iman, American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter disaster specialist and assistant director of the Red Cross’s recent disaster response in the area. “Now, we want those who lost their homes or whose homes were damaged have the tools and the knowledge they need to take the next step to meet their long-term recovery goals.”

The Red Cross is part of Pulaski County’s Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD), which is a group of area agencies that can assist residents in their long-term plans.

Pulaski County residents can contact the COAD by calling 573-774-4725.

“We want to continue to build and establish new partner relationships while nourishing existing ones,” Iman said.

The Red Cross will participate in COAD meetings as the group establishes itself and support the organization as much as possible.

“Long-term recovery is an ongoing focus for all of us,” Iman said.

Anyone affected by the flooding in central and south central Missouri that has not yet been in touch with the Red Cross should contact us toll free at 1-866-815-2738.

You can help people affected by disasters like the recent floods, home fires, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the words REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, 431 E. McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101 or by calling 866-815-2739.

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.