Statistics as of August 30, 2007, 11:00 a.m.
Shelters/Evacuation Centers: Total, 2, Last night, 1
Shelter residents: Total, 144, Last night, 50
Meals served, 4,141
Snacks served, 2,146
Contact: Martha Dittmar
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago
American Red Cross Opening Shelter in Dolton Tonight
Shelter Open To Anyone Displaced By Flooding
CHICAGO- August 26, 2007 – The American Red Cross will open a shelter at the LorimerBaptist Church, located at 14801 Lincoln Avenue, in Dolton at 7 p.m. tonight. The shelter is open to anyone who has been displaced due to flooding and will remain open until at least Tuesday night.
The American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and American Red Cross of Fox River are working together to provide clean up kits and staff shelters to help people in Chicagoland affected by this disaster.
To date, the American Red Cross has opened several shelters throughout Chicagoland, served more than 1000 snacks and meals to displaced residents, clean up crews and relief workers and distributed more than 300 flood clean-up kits. An additional 200 clean up kits, donated by Grainger, were assembled today and will be distributed to local Emregency Management Agencies for distribution. Teams of American Red Cross disaster relief workers are currently conducting damage assessments throughout the region to determine additional needs.
Individuals seeking clean up kits should contact their local Emergency Management Agency. Residents seeking assistance with flooding disaster induced needs should contact the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago at 312-729-6100 or their local Red Cross chapter.
This is a consolidated report for Tropical Storm Erin affecting Texas and Oklahoma, and the Midwest flooding affecting Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Illinois. Information is current as of August 25, 2007, at 6:00 p.m.
Shelters open: 26
Meals Served: 27,492
Snacks Served: 14,903
Total Red Cross Workers: 1834
Relief Operation Headquarters
2111 Stonehedge Drive
Findlay, OH 44804
Contact: Lynn Cook
FINDLAY, OH , Sunday, August 26, 2007 – Heavy rain and flooding continues to plague the Midwest and South Central US submerging thousands of residences and businesses and leaving 22 people dead. The American Red Cross was among the first on the ground and continues to respond to the torrential storm systems throughout Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin by providing food, shelter, counseling and other assistance made possible by funds from the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
The Red Cross asks the public to please give generously to the Disaster Relief Fund in support of these disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund is the financial resource through which the Red Cross can provide immediate relief to disaster victims before the first donations have been given in response to these disasters. Donations from the Disaster Relief Fund have enabled Red Cross volunteers and employees to be stationed across the affected areas providing flood victims, families, children and elderly with essential resources needed to cope with the immediate aftermath of the floods.
The Red Cross has opened shelters, providing residents with a dry place to stay and hot meals. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are driving through flooded communities distributing food, clean-up kits and comfort kits to families, individuals and rescue workers who cannot make it to a shelter or are involved with clean-up efforts. Licensed Red Cross mental health professionals are helping families and individuals cope with the fear and stress from the trauma of flood disasters. Financial contributions are still needed to support Red Cross relief efforts, and more hazardous weather is forecasted for already flooded areas. The Red Cross response in Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin is expected to cost millions of dollars.
“The Red Cross will continue to work with community partners to identify resources that can aid in the recovery of individuals and families affected by the floods,” said Kathleen Loehr, Interim Senior Vice President of Development at the American Red Cross. “It is only through the public’s continued support of the Disaster Relief Fund that we are able to provide lifesaving services during these times of multiple disasters.”
Americans can support the Disaster Relief Fund and help provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by visiting www.redcross.org or call 1-800- RED-CROSS to make a donation.