Disaster Update: Flooding in Michigan

Disaster Update

The American Red Cross of West Michigan is consolidating shelter efforts and increasing our focus on mobile distribution.

In the coming days, Emergency Response Vehicles will be traveling throughout Kent, Newaygo, Ottawa, and Ionia counties to distribute snacks, water, and clean-up kits to flood victims. As of 5 p.m. April 23rd, the Red Cross has distributed more than 200 of these clean-up kits since the flooding began. Kits include mops, scrub brushes, shovels, and cleaning chemicals along with other items that will help people once they are able to return to their homes. Disaster Mental Health Volunteers will also be providing emotional assistance to flood victims. Those needing assistance can call 2-1-1.

As we ramp up mobile distribution efforts, we will be consolidating our shelters. Previous locations in Hudsonville, Kentwood, and Fremont will close at 8 p.m. tomorrow, April 24. The following locations will remain open 24/7:

  • Alpine Baptist Church – 692 7 Mile Rd. NW; Comstock Park
  • First Baptist Church – 2275 W. Main St.; Lowell
  • Ionia Armory Community Center – 439 W. Main St.; Ionia

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