Red Cross Expands Mobile Outreach Services
JOPLIN, MO - May 30, 2011 — The American Red Cross is expanding its assistance to the people affected by last week’s deadly tornado. The Red Cross has established a mobile distribution plan to help get much needed emergency clean-up supplies to the hardest hit areas. The clean-up supplies include items such as gloves, rakes, masks, trash bags, sunscreen, along with water and snacks. The mobile routes will replace the current fixed aid stations that have been operating throughout the area.
Red Cross Mobile Feeding will also continue in the area, serving two hot meals per day – a noon meal and an evening meal. Each day the Red Cross is providing almost 2,000 meals and 9,000 snacks to individuals, families and emergency services personnel.
In Joplin, the Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Missouri Southern State University, 3950 Newman Road. Nearly 200 individuals have been staying there each night.
The Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) is up and running at The Bridge, 3405 Hammons Blvd., Joplin. So far over 80 families have met with representatives from over 20 local, state and federal agencies. The MARC is open from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day. Child care will be available onsite.
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.
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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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