Red Cross shelters to help storm victims in Lawrence, Coffeyville

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The American Red Cross has opened a shelter to offer relief to people affected by a tornado that touched down in northeast Kansas.

The shelter opened Tuesday night in at Building 21 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street in Lawrence.

On site, people can come for a safe place to stay and sleep. Hot meals will be provided. Volunteers will also be able to help refer people to community services.

For those in the area, they can let their loved ones know of their well-being by registering on the Safe and Well website at They can also call (800) RED-CROSS to register themselves and their family.

In addition to the shelter in Lawrence, the Red Cross says a shelter has been set up in Coffeyville to help people affected by flooding. It’s located at the First Southern Baptist Church, 2701 W. 8th Street in Coffeyville.


The Red Cross says 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

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