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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What's needed and how to help


Eagle staff

At the shelter at Barclay College in Haviland, 12 miles east of Greensburg, Red Cross workers Saraphena Tannahill of Derby and Donna Ward of Coldwater said they desperately need phone service or some way to communicate with other shelters.

What's happening is, as people come in looking for their family members that are missing, the shelters don't have a way to talk to one another to see if someone has shown up since their registration list was prepared.

All the land line phone service is down, and cell connections are poor in Haviland. It appears that several people are still unaccounted for, just by the volume of people coming into shelters looking for people.

If you're concerned about someone in the affected areas, you can check the Red Cross' Safe and Well Web site, which provides a way for people to let others know of their well being. The site allows people to select from a list of standard messages that let others know the status of themselves or their loved ones. A link to the site is at right.

Trained volunteers are in the hit areas now, but others who want to volunteer should call the Red Cross on Monday.

Andrea Anglin, spokeswoman for the Midway-Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the biggest thing those who wish to help can do is offer monetary donations. In the Wichita area, donations may be made to: Midway-Kansas Chapter, American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3726, Wichita, KS 67201.

Salvation Army emergency disaster services teams are headed to the scene, along with two emergency disaster mobile feeding units. The units, based in Dodge City and Hutchinson, are capable of feeding up to 2,000 people a day.

The Salvation Army will also have pastors on hand to provide spiritual comfort.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Salvation Army's emergency disaster relief efforts may do so by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

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