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American Red Cross Transitions Flood Recovery Efforts

 

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for More Rain and Potential Floods this Weekend

American Red CrossClarksville, TN – As Stewart, Houston, Montgomery and surrounding county residents continue their clean-up efforts after Saturday’s flash flood, 58 Red Cross volunteers have worked for the past five days to ensure that residents have had access to food, shelter, emotional support and clean-up supplies.

Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church welcomes all despite flood damage. (Robert W. Wallace)

Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church welcomes all despite flood damage. (Robert W. Wallace)

As of Thursday the Red Cross has provided:

  • 1097 meals
  • 650 snacks
  • 2,400 bottles of water
  • 311 clean-up kits
  • 99 comfort kits and 2130 bulk distribution items distribution items distributed throughout the communities.

“We are very concerned about the impending weather forecast that includes more rain in the coming days, “ said Julie Campos, Executive Director for the Two Rivers Chapter. “The Red Cross really wants to encourage local families to get prepared now.”

Pews from the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church drying in the sun after destructive flash flooding.  (Robert W. Wallace)If flooding threatens people should get their household ready now and build an emergency kit, including three days of supplies for everyone in the household. Water (one gallon per person per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit.

The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks’ worth of supplies at home. A variety of emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits and other supplies are available at www.redcrossstore.org.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief provided much appreciated shower and clothes washing facilities on the grounds of the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church. (Robert W. Wallace)When floodwaters threaten someone’s community, they should listen to local officials and be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice and head for higher ground. People should stay away from floodwaters – whether walking or driving, they should turn around and go another way.

Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers and keep children out of the water.  Other steps people can take to stay safe should flooding threaten can be found on the web site.

Flood safety tips are also available in the “Prepare for Emergencies” section of the Red Cross First Aid App available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

Get Help

If you have been affected by flooding due to these storms and you need more information about how to get help, please contact the Two Rivers Chapter at 931.645.6401.  A fixed aid location with food and clean-up supplies that also includes laundry and shower facilities, is available for local residents at the Carlisle Missionary Baptist Church located at 3603 Hwy 49, in Dover, TN.

How to Help

You can help people affected by disasters like flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Call: #1.800.RED.CROSS Click: www.redcross.org Text: “REDCROSS” to 90999 to Make a Donation – Customers of participating wireless carriers can make a $10.00 donation to support Disaster Relief by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999.

Donations will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid account. Message & Data rates may apply.

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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.


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