Red Cross Continues Flood Relief Efforts in Western PA

Red Cross Will Operate Two Service Delivery Sites to Address Flood-Related Needs
Workers will be available to meet with affected families to address their immediate, flood-related needs.

In response to last week’s heavy downpours and flash flooding, the local American Red Cross continues to provide immediate assistance to disaster victims throughout Armstrong, Westmoreland and Indiana counties.

As part of its flood relief efforts, the local Red Cross will operate a Service Delivery Site at the Armstrong County office, located at 245 Butler Road in Kittanning. The site is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Friday. Workers will be available to meet with affected families to address their immediate, flood-related needs. Clean-up kits are also available for those who need them. Area residents are also welcome to contact the local office for assistance at 724-545-2733.

A Service Delivery Site is also open at the Westmoreland County office, located at 351 Harvey Avenue in Greensburg, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Friday. Area residents can also call the local office at 724-834-6510 for assistance.

Any Indiana County residents who are in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the local office at 724-465-5678.

Last week, the Red Cross mobilized multiple teams to perform damage assessment in hard-hit areas throughout Indiana, Westmoreland and Armstrong counties. To date, the organization has provided assistance with immediate needs to 11 families as well as distributed more than 800 clean-up kits to local township and borough buildings in partnership with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

The Red Cross is in close contact with local and county Emergency Management Agencies to coordinate service delivery and meet all immediate, disaster-caused needs in the area.

The Red Cross offers the below safety tips for families to keep in mind now and as clean-up efforts continue.

How to Help

You can help people affected by disasters like floods, 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.

To make a donation, visit RedCross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

Flood Recovery Tips

  • Return home only when officials have declared the area safe.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be collapsed or damaged. Approach entrances carefully. See if porch roofs and overhangs have all their supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • Materials such as cleaning products, paint, batteries, contaminated fuel and damaged fuel containers are hazardous. Check with local authorities for assistance with disposal to avoid risk.
  • During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!
  • Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use. Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.