Red Cross opens Lexington shelter, UNK offers dorms to flood victims
The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Lexington, Nebraska, in response to flooding in the area.
The shelter is located at Lexington High School (1400 Minuteman Drive, Lexington, NE 68850).
The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.
Individuals and families displaced from their home are urged to come to a shelter. Red Cross volunteers are on hand 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
Download the Red Cross Emergency App for shelter information and to get instant access to information and resources on what to do during a flood. The app is free and can be downloaded in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or going to redcross.org/apps.
Also, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is providing temporary housing for people impacted by flooding in Kearney and surrounding communities.
UNK opened its Centennial Towers West residence hall on Tuesday to accommodate students, faculty and staff, as well as community members displaced by the flooding. The university is also working with nearby hotels to relocate and house hundreds of travelers who were evacuated.
Anyone impacted by the flooding can stay in Centennial Towers West at no cost. Those seeking assistance can check in at the residence hall, located at 1014 W. 29th St. on the UNK campus, just north of the Nebraskan Student Union, or call 308-865-8519.
Bedding will be provided by UNK and Sodexo, the campus dining services provider, will serve meals.