2 Red Cross shelters open in Kansas, 5 on standby

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Shelters are in place for people who are affected by flooding in Kansas.

The American Red Cross has two shelters in operation to help people displaced by the flooding. The shelters are located at:

  • Fredonia High School, 916 Robinson St., Fredonia, Kansas
  • Jefferson Street Baptist Church, 300 S. Jefferson Street, Eureka, Kansas

The Red Cross says five extra shelters are on standby and are prepared to open. The locations include: 

  • First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia Road, Salina, Kansas
  • Erie High School 1400 N. Main Street, Erie, Kansas
  • Chapman Elementary School, 500 Irish Dr., Chapman, Kansas
  • Emmanuel Church, 1300 N. Vine, Abilene, Kansas
  • First Baptist Church, 1101 N. 4th Street, Burlington, Kansas

"Volunteers are on hand in the open shelters to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to community services," the American Red Cross says in a statement. "Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, 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 Red Cross is working with emergency management officials across the state to coordinate relief efforts. If you need help, contact your county emergency management office to see if there is a shelter or assistance available. 

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