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Red Cross Readies Shelters As Flood Waters Threaten to Top Levees
Date:3/27/2009

Fargo Residents Urged to Register with Safe and Well

WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Red Cross is sending more disaster workers into North Dakota and Minnesota today to staff shelters that will be needed in the event of evacuations should the Red River top levees as it rises to record heights. Projections are that the Red River could crest at 43 feet Saturday, more than 20 feet above flood stage, and the National Weather Service reports water levels could remain high for days.

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"Our supplies and workers already have been on the ground in North Dakota and Minnesota for a week, but we are getting ready for the long haul," said Joe Becker, senior vice president of disaster services for the Red Cross. "Our President, Gail McGovern, has pledged that we will be here for as long as it takes."

Residents who may be affected by the flooding should register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website at www.redcross.org. Those without internet access can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register. A trusted friend or loved one can also register evacuees on the site.

The Red Cross encourages evacuees to bring any prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents and other comfort items. Don't forget special items for children and infants such as diapers, formulas and toys, along with special items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

The Red Cross has already opened shelters and is prepared to have more available to help people affected by the flooding. More than 400 Red Cross disaster workers are working in the area. Thirty Emergency Response
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