The American Red Cross is operating or partnering with seven shelters in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa to assist those who have been displaced from their homes due to flooding.
The shelter located at Elkhorn Middle School closed on Thursday morning. Those staying at that shelter have been transferred to a newly-opened shelter at the Montclair Community Center (2304 S. 135th Ave,
Current open shelters are located in:
Council Bluffs, Iowa (Salem United Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Avenue)
Albion, Nebraska (United Methodist Church, 605 West Marango Street)
Bellevue, Nebraska (Calvary Christian Church, 10100 Cedar Island Road)
Bristow, Nebraska (American Legion, 304 Prairie Street)
Fremont, Nebraska (First Lutheran Church, 3200 Military Avenue)
Fremont, Nebraska (Salem Lutheran Church, 401. E. Military Avenue)
Omaha, Nebraska (Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Avenue)
Anyone who has been displaced from their home is urged to come to a shelter. Volunteers are on hand to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to partner agencies.
Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, including:
· Prescriptions and emergency medications
· Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
· Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
· Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
· Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
· Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
The shelters will remain open as long as necessary. The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.
Those interested in making a financial donation to support relief efforts can do so by visiting www.redcross.org/donate and selecting ‘I want to Support Disaster Relief.’ Donations can also be mailed to American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha NE 68124.
Download the Red Cross Emergency App for shelter information and to get instant access to information and resources on what to do during a flood. The app is free and can be downloaded in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross”.