Helping Flood Survivors

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Hundreds of families were in need of help, and the Red Cross was there to help them pick up the pieces.

On August 7, 2013 flash flooding began to ravage several Midwest communities leaving hundreds homeless across the state of Missouri. The Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross immediately responded alongside The Heart of Missouri Chapter of Jefferson City, to help people in need by opening shelters and providing emergency relief to those affected by flood waters.

Within hours of the call for support from the affected communities, several Red Cross relief trailers arrived to set up shelter first in Waynesville and then later in the communities of Lake Ozark and Hollister, MO with a total of 3 shelters for flood victims. Hundreds of families were in need of help, and the Red Cross was there to help them pick up the pieces. In response to the floods in these communities and surrounding areas, the Red Cross to date has:

  • Provided approximately 150 overnight stays
  • Served more than 8,100 meals and snacks
  • Handed out more than 1,500 relief items
  • Provided more than 280 health consultations
  • Provided nearly 130 mental health consultations
  • More than 330 people served through casework
  • Deployed nearly 130 Red Cross workers
  • The Red Cross is still at work in the affected communities by assisting people through recovery and helping the community be safer for the next time flood waters threaten. Along with our partner organizations as well as state and local officials, the Red Cross continued is focused on:

  • Helping families plan their recovery, replacing needed items and providing access to community resources;
  • Supporting people who are rebuilding their homes; and
  • Preparing the community for the next disaster.
  • The American Red Cross is deeply grateful to the people, businesses and organizations that so generously support our disaster relief efforts in Missouri.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at