Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Red Cross Sets Up Shelter For Local Flood Victims

The American Red Cross has begun opening emergency shelters for those affected by the current flooding in Putnam and Overton Counties. The shelter is located at The First United Methodist Church at 204 East Spring Street in Cookeville. For those in need of sheltering, please enter the building by way of the entrance at Dixie and Broad (The Freeman Building). This full-service shelter will have snacks and water available, as well as the capacity to serve meals and provide overnight stays for those who have been affected by the flooding.

The Red Cross continues to assess the situation and weather to see if and where future shelters may be needed across Middle Tennessee. The Red Cross encourages those in affected areas to listen to the area radio and TV stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). If you are in areas that are affected, be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice. Be sure to use caution when traveling; do not drive through flooded areas. “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.

The Red Cross is working to help those affected with disaster-caused needs on a case-by-case basis. Red Cross assistance may include basic food and clothing, emergency shelter, emotional support and referrals to other resources as needed. The Red Cross will continue to assess affected areas to determine if additional shelters are needed.