Red Cross update

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross continues to offer shelter and food.

As of Sunday, more than 1,200 people had used the shelters and more than 5,000 meals had been provided through the Red Cross by the Salvation Army, Southern Baptist feeding units, other volunteers and businesses.

Those needing to leave their home are reminded to:

- Notify family and friends where you will be staying.

- Take along emergency and family contact phone numbers.

- Take along medications and personal care items.

- Bring your own food if you have special dietary needs.

- Bring a book or games to pass the time, especially for children.

- Turn off all home appliances and electronics to avoid fire hazards once power is restored.

These shelters are open in the following counties:

New Madrid

Lilbourn VFW Hall, 7183 Hwy D, Lilbourn

Portageville Middle School, 902 King Ave, Portageville

New Madrid Community Center, 1199 Mill St., New Madrid


Miner Baptist Church, 416 Hwy H, Miner

Sikeston Field House, 300 Pine, Sikeston


American Legion Hall, First Street, Kennett


Calvary Baptist Church. 201 E Lincoln, Hayti

Cape Girardeau

Salvation Army Shelter, 701 Good Hope St., Cape Girardeau

If you have been affected by the ice storm, you are encouraged to call the Red Cross hotline at 866-438-4636 for more information.

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