Contact in Joplin: Amy Hedy - Phone: 202-615-3180
Contact in Springfield: Joann Moore - Phone: 417-839-3989
Red Cross Announces Opening of Multi Agency Resource Center
JOPLIN, MO - May 29, 2011 — The American Red Cross announces the opening of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Joplin at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at The Bridge, 3405 Hammons Blvd. near I-44 and Rangeline Road.
The MARC will be a place where people affected by the disaster can connect with social services nonprofits, faith-based organizations and local, state and federal agencies. Individuals will be informed of various services available to them. Child care will be available onsite.
On Sunday the MARC is open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thereafter, it will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The center is a partnership coordinated under the unified command of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
“We want this to be a one-stop location to make it as easy as possible for those affected by the tornado to find the resources that will help them recover,” said Debi Meeds, Regional CEO of the Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster, both here in the United States and around the world. Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
417-832-9500, ext. 107
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area.
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