While most of Kansas finally catches at least a brief break from storms Monday, the American Red Cross and emergency management officials with the state open three shelters to assist those displaced from their homes due to recent flooding.
The open shelters include one site in northeast Kansas (Burlington) and two in southeast Kansas (Independence and Neodesha).
• BURLINGTON: First Baptist Church, 1101 N. 4th Street
•INDEPENDENCE: Independence Memorial Hall, 410 Pennsylvania Ave.
• NEODESHA: Neodesha City Civic Center, 1407 N. 8th Street
Six additional shelter locations (one each in Coffeyville, Salina, Erie, Chapman, Abilene and Oskaloosa are on standby and prepared to open if needed:
• COFFEYVILLE: First Southern Baptist, 2701 W 8th Street
• SALINA: First Covenant Church, 2625 E. Magnolia Road
• ERIE: Erie High School 1400 N. Main Street
• CHAPMAN: Chapman Elementary School, 500 Irish Dr.
• ABILENE: Emmanuel Church, 1300 N. Vine
• OSKALOOSA: Oskaloosa Public Schools-USD 341, 404 Park Street
The Red Cross says it's continuing to work closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services. Anyone who has been displaced from their home can contact their local county Emergency Management for latest shelter information in their area.
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. 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