(KHGI) -- The American Red Cross is operating or partnering with 15 shelters in Nebraska and southwest Iowa to assist those who have been displaced from their homes due to flooding and blizzard conditions.

Anyone facing these circumstances is urged to come to a shelter.

Volunteers will provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to community services.

The shelters will remain open as long as they are needed.

The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.

 

The shelters include:

- Council Bluffs, Iowa (Salem United Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Avenue)

- Bellwood, Nebraska (Bellwood Fire Department (752 41 Road)

- Boelus, Nebraska (CNR Center, 614 Delaware Street)

- Columbus, Nebraska (DHS- East Central Health Department, 4321 41st Avenue)

- Freemont, Nebraska (First Lutheran Church, 3200 Military Avenue; enter Mission Center on NW corner of campus)

- Hader, Nebraska (Hader Fire Hall, 101 Front Street)

- Missouri Valley, Nebraska (Rand Community Center, 100 S. 4th Street)

- Norfolk, Nebraska (Lutheran High Northeast, 2010 N. 37th Street)

- Norfolk, Nebraska (Bel Air Elementary School, 1101 N. 18th Street)

- Norfolk, Nebraska (Sacred Heart Elementary School, 2301 Madison Avenue)

- North Loup, Nebraska (North Loup Community Center, 112 S, B Street)

- Pierce, Nebraska (Pierce Fire Department, 106 1st Street)

- Plattsmouth, Nebraska (Plattsmouth Community Center, 308 S. 18th Street)

- Randolph, Nebraska (Randolph City Auditorium, 119 N. Main Street)

 

Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, including:

- Prescriptions and emergency medications

- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents

- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys

- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

 

In addition, a disaster relief fund has been established for central Nebraska. 

The Grand Island Community Foundation announced Thursday that they have established a Disaster Relief Fund for central Nebraska.

Local communities such as Dannebrog, Boelus and St. Paul have seen major flooding.

Funds will be available for the local areas to assist with relief related to the flooding.

“This is the time for communities to come together and for neighbors to help neighbors. The devastation in our area is unlike anything that we have seen before.” said Melissa DeLaet, CEO of the Grand Island Community Foundation. 

Those who want to contribute can do so online.

The foundation will be in contact with local communities to distribute the funds.

(This story was originally reported by our partner station KHGI