In response to the severe storms and tornadoes that hit Jefferson City Wednesday night, the American Red Cross has the following shelter locations open:
- Thomas Jefferson Middle School 1201 Fairgrounds Road, Jefferson City, MO
- Eldon Community Center: 309 E 2nd St., Eldon, MO
Thursday night, the shelter population totaled 33 in all three shelters (Thomas Jefferson Middle School housed 10 individuals, Eldon Community Center had 14, and Eldon Upper Elementary School had 9. The Eldon Upper Elementary shelter location has closed and everyone in Eldon needing a place to stay is asked to go to the Eldon Community Center.
Items to bring include clothing for a few days, bedding, toiletries, essential medication, and items for your children. Anyone who needs to find a shelter may visit redcross.org/shelter, download the free Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Designate Safe and Well
The American Red Cross encourages those in areas affected by severe storms to list themselves as “safe and well” online at https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/. Family and friends may then search for the name of anyone they are trying to locate on this site.
Public asked to hold off on donations of items at this time; financial donations are best
The shelters in Jefferson City and Eldon have received numerous donations such as clothing and toiletries and are requesting the public to hold off on any additional items at this time. The Red Cross is working with community partners to determine a specific location that is able to take additional items for individuals affected by the tornado and the information will be provided as it becomes available.
During and after disasters, financial donations enable the Red Cross to help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or donate online at www.redcross.org.
Individuals can sign up to become a volunteer by going to www.redcross.org.
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.