AVOCA – The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Avoca, Iowa, in Pottawattamie County to assist those who have been evacuated or displaced from their homes due to flooding in the area. The shelter is located at the Green Hills Area Education Agency (919 N. Chestnut St., Avoca, Iowa) and is now open.
An additional shelter has been opened in Council Bluffs as of 7PM Wednesday. This shelter is located at Salem United Methodist Church at 14955 Somerset Avenue.
Anyone who has been displaced from their home is urged to come to the shelter. Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, hot meals and referrals to community services.
Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, if possible, including:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
The shelter will remain open as long as necessary. The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.
Download the Red Cross Emergency App for shelter information and to get instant access to information and resources on what to do during a flood. The app is free and can be downloaded in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or going to redcross.org/apps.