Red Cross Relief Efforts June 7th Update

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LITTLE ROCK, JUNE 7, 2019 — Since May 31, American Red Cross has been providing disaster relief for residents impacted by historic flooding along the Arkansas River.

Our Red Cross Damage Assessment Teams will be travelling throughout the damaged areas as water recedes and they become accessible. Red Cross remains in continuous contact with local emergency management officials to meet immediate emergency needs and determine next steps to help families and communities through the recovery process.

The following shelter locations remain open to meet the needs of those impacted in those communities and surrounding areas:

Red Cross operated shelters:

  • Evangel Temple, 1110 South 12 Street, Fort Smith, AR
  • Don Owens Center, 10 Lower Ridge Road, Conway, AR (location includes a temporary pet shelter provided by the Faulkner County Animal Response Team)
  • North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow Street, North Little Rock, AR
  • Southeast Arkansas College-Seabrook (Old YMCA), 6808 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR

Red Cross supported shelter locations:

  • Dyer Community Building, 325 Loomis Lane, Dyer, AR
  • Swan Lake Fire Station, 14997 Hwy 88 S., Altheimer, AR
  • Wright/Pastoria Community Center, 8550 Surrat Rd, Wright, AR

Independent shelter locations:

  • First Baptist Church-Lavaca, 100 West Main, Lavaca, AR

Identification and/or proof of residency is NOT required to be admitted to a Red Cross shelter. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring the following items with them:

  • clothing for a few days
  • bedding
  • toiletries
  • essential medication
  • a child’s stuffed animal, blanket or other items for your children

The role of the Red Cross in any disaster is to focus on addressing the immediate needs of those affected. The Red Cross is coordinating with community, government and emergency management officials to determine where and when additional assistance is needed.

On the night of June 6, 142 people stayed in 8 Red Cross and community shelters across Arkansas. Since response efforts began, the Red Cross working with partners has served nearly 11,000 meals and snacks, and nearly 200 Red Cross disaster workers are helping to support people affected by flooding in Arkansas.

Emergency App w/Shelter info:
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.

How to help:
While the Red Cross appreciates the good intentions of those wanting to donate goods, supplies or other materials, the best way to support is to make a financial donation. This allows the Red Cross to be flexible in using the funds to directly address the needs of those affected. 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 donate online at www.redcross.org.

To volunteer to assist with this disaster or future disaster, please go to redcross.org.

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.

Flood Safety Information:

As residents begin returning home, please remember the following:

Stay away from floodwaters. Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around floodwaters and your home.

  • Keep children and your pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.
  • If power lines are down, do not step in puddles or standing water.

 

Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.

  • Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected. This includes mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys.
  • Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to flood waters and mud. When in doubt, throw it out.

 

Check the outside of your home before you enter. Look for loose power lines, broken or damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, missing support beams or other damage.

  • If the door is jammed, don’t force it open – it may be providing support to the rest of your home. Find another way to get inside.
  • Sniff for gas. If you detect natural or propane gas, or hear a hissing noise, leave the property immediately and get far away from it. Call the fire department after you reach safety.
  • If the weather is dry, open windows and doors to ventilate and/or dry your home.
  • If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame, including candles, to inspect for damage or serve as alternate lighting.

For more flood safety information, visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html. For the latest information on Red Cross relief efforts in Arkansas, please follow @ArkRedCross on Facebook or Twitter.

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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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