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American Red Cross and partners cooperate to help Kansas
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Kate Fowlie
 
July 6, 2007

American Red Cross training and partnerships have made all the difference for Osawatomie, a small town devastated by severe flooding.

T(From left to right) Rob Roberts with the Salvation Army talks with American Red Cross Emergency Services Coordinator David Richardson and Interim Executive Director Jason Williby at the Osawatomie shelter, which was a joint effort by the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Osawatomie School District.  Photo Credit:  Ed Porter/American Red Cross
(From left to right) Rob Roberts with the Salvation Army talks with American Red Cross Emergency Services Coordinator David Richardson and Interim Executive Director Jason Williby at the Osawatomie shelter, which was a joint effort by the Salvation Army, Red Cross and Osawatomie School District.
Photo Credit: Ed Porter/American Red Cross

The Red Cross has partnered with the Salvation Army and the Osawatomie School District to run a shelter at Trojan Elementary for more than 150 people who have lost their homes. Rob Roberts with the Salvation Army has been helping to manage the shelter with the Red Cross. "The Red Cross training has been invaluable and working with them has been great," Roberts said.

The Red Cross provided cots and other supplies for the shelter, and people with health services training, and is now running the facility. Volunteers from the First United Methodist Church were also recently trained in shelter work by the Red Cross, and these volunteers will be helping to support the Trojan Elementary shelter. The school district originally opened the shelter and the Salvation Army has provided food for residents with help from the Assemblies of God Church, said Jason Williby, Interim Executive Director with the Red Cross Wyandotte County Chapter. The chapter oversees disaster preparedness and response for Wyandotte, Franklin, Anderson, Linn and Miami counties.

"The fact that the Salvation Army and First United Methodist workers have been through Red Cross training has made a big difference," Williby said. "These partnerships are so important in helping to serve communities affected by disaster."

Salvation Army volunteer Terri Watson agreed. She also received her shelter training from the Red Cross. "During a disaster, it all ends up working together to help those in need," she said.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.


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