Persistent rainstorms across the Midwest have caused massive floods, affecting thousands of homes and businesses and claiming at least 20 lives. Many counties in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, and Wisconsin continue to be bombarded with heavy rain, and the Red Cross is on the scene to help in the coming weeks.
Saturday night, over 240 people spent the night in 25 Red Cross shelters. Red Cross volunteers offered food, shelter, health services, and emotional support to victims of the floods. Over 30 emergency response vehicles have mobilized across the affected areas, distributing food, supplies, and comfort kits to residents. Trained mental health professionals are also available to provide emotional support to individuals who have lost loved ones or are distressed by their experiences. Volunteers will work to ensure that families receive the supplies that they need, referring them to other local nonprofits when necessary.
As the forecast predicts more rain and flooding in the coming weeks, the Red Cross urges all in harms way to take the necessary precautions and stay safe. Build a comfort kit, create a family emergency plan, and download the Red Cross First Aid and Hurricane apps to make sure you are prepared when disaster strikes!