Jul 30, 2020 10:52 PM

Red Cross, United Way working to meet short and long term needs of flood victims

Posted Jul 30, 2020 10:52 PM

by SARAH THOMACK

St. Joseph Post

The local Red Cross has been helping residents in south St. Joseph after flooding last week impacted over a hundred families.

Chris Harmon, Red Cross Regional Disaster Officer for Missouri and Arkansas, says they are working with partner agencies in St. Joseph through the United Way to help families with long term needs.

"What are they going to do, where are they going to go, and each case is unique," Harmon tells St. Joseph Post. "We've been doing outreach that way, we have the shelter open, we've been distributing emergency supplies like clean-up kits for those that just need some resources to clean up their homes, along with gloves, shovels, things like that."

Harmon says the Red Cross has met with about 90 families in that past week to help them with immediate needs.

Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to contact the United Way at (816) 364-2381 or the Red Cross at (816) 841-5205.