Red Cross relief efforts continue for Arkansas River flooding

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – Since May 31, American Red Cross has been providing disaster relief for residents impacted by historic flooding along the Arkansas River. As flood waters recede in some areas, and needs evolve, 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.

“As river levels fall and residents affected by the flooding begin the process of returning home, we will continue to be here for our local communities,” said Lori Arnold, Greater Arkansas Chapter executive director. “The Red Cross will continue to work with partners and do everything we can to connect people with the resources they need for recovery.”

The American Red Cross is set to close the following shelter on Thursday, June 6 at 9 a.m. as individuals transition back to their homes:

  • Dardanelle Community Center, 2011 State Highway 22 

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 June 4, 150 people stayed in 10 Red Cross and community shelters across Arkansas. Since response efforts began, the Red Cross working with partners has served more than 8,000 meals and snacks, and nearly 170 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.

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