GLADWIN COUNTY – On May 19, 2020, thousands of people in Gladwin County evacuated their homes due to spring floods after extended periods of heavy rain and the failure of dams along the Tittabawassee River. 

As the floods began, the American Red Cross immediately mobilized to respond, using temporary emergency lodging in hotel/motel rooms to provide a safe place to stay in the face of concerns about COVID-19. Meals, snacks, personal care items, clean-up supplies and emergency service items have been provided in addition to disaster health and mental health care. Immediate financial assistance also was made available to people whose homes suffered major damage or were destroyed. 

The American Red Cross’ service delivery activity as of July 14 includes a provided 7,738 overnight stays, 31,057 meals and snacks served alongside partners, 9,562 disaster emergency supplies delivered to 1,454 households, emergency assistance for over 1,500 people, nearly 300 Red Cross workers from 23 different states providing disaster assistance (many working remotely).

American Red Cross has also made more than 6,327 visits for disaster health, mental health, disability care, spiritual care and disability integration services. For more information, visit redcross.org or contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767. 

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