Severe flood demolished Missouri and Arkansas regions recently, endangering hundreds of citizens directly or leaving them without shelter, drinking water, food, and goods. Local officials state that heavy long lasting raining caused record flooding and the results were, unfortunately, tragic to six people who drowned. The complete Missouri and Arkansas areas are devastated, the damage is huge, and the recovery has yet to begin after the water drains. Hundreds of residents have lost all of their goods, homes, vehicles, pets and many families are scattered trying to reconnect with other members of family and friends. Natural disaster and emergency in these two states brought some noble heroes in the spotlight. The Red Cross volunteers stepped straight into the scene and proved once again that true heroes live among us and serve community regularly.
Crisis in Missouri
Currently, Missouri is devastated, and at least one hundred citizens are settled in the improvised shelters waiting for the permanent solution. The Red Cross volunteers are active in the field trying to cover all the necessary aspects of the emergency situation. These people have organized a network of shelters providing a temporary place to stay for almost 400 people. Another group of volunteers provides over 10 thousands of meals and pallets of water. The Red Cross has also provided medical service, and health care and several teams of volunteers provide psychological and emotional help to these unfortunate people.
Crisis in Arkansas
Arkansas is in the similar emergency situation with many inaccessible areas, water restriction and risk of infectious diseases spreading. Several groups of the Red Cross volunteers are covering this terrain, providing shelters, food, drinking water, collecting clothes and offering medical service and mental health service. Since some areas in Arkansas are inaccessible and there’s doubt that some citizens might be in those areas, the Red Cross cooperates with official state services in rescuing operation. Several rescuing teams are trying to clear these regions and to search for potentially survived citizens.
The Red Cross strategy for help in the long run
Aside from many volunteers working right there in the field, teams of the Red Cross have organized a network for fund raising and collecting various forms of donations. Others are providing logistic support, working as the call center trying to connect people and families and the central teams of the Red Cross are organizing a long-term strategy to help these people restore their lives once the flood disaster is over.
Directions and instructions
As always, trained and educated volunteers of the Red Cross reacted immediately and released detailed instructions and explained advice on how to behave during floods to stay safe, save accessible part of your property and help other if you can. Although the Red Cross teams are active in their humanitarian activities on a daily basis, these kinds of massive emergency situations show the power of this organization and the power of true enthusiasm and noble wish to help. It makes us all proud and restores the faith in humanity during these challenging disasters.