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News Release

Peru State College Partners with American Red Cross to Offer Shelter to Flood Victims


(Peru, Neb.) The American Red Cross has established a shelter at Neal Hall on the Peru State College campus for those affected by the Missouri River flooding.


PSC First Lady Elaine Hanson, who is a Red Cross Board Member with the Blood Services Division in Omaha, said, “We are so pleased to be able to assist the Red Cross and our neighbors being impacted by this historic flood. The staff and volunteers have been amazing to work with, and their compassion for those affected by disaster is heartwarming. The college will assist their mission in every way we can.


“While we can’t take away the devastation being experienced by flood victims, we hope they feel a sense of relief in knowing that the Red Cross will take care of their needs and we welcome them with open arms.” 


The Red Cross would like to remind anyone impacted by the flood to come to a Red Cross shelter where they can get a hot meal, a safe place to stay, minor first aid, referrals and a shoulder to lean on. Current Red Cross shelter locations (open 24 hours) include:

  • Fort Calhoun High School
    1506 Lincoln Street
    Fort Calhoun, NE
  • Missouri Valley High School
    605 Lincoln Highway
    Missouri Valley, IA
  • Peru State College- JF Neal Hall
    600 Hoyt Street
    Peru, NE
  • Sidney High School
    2754 Knox Road
    Sidney, IA

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross 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.
  • Note – Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.


Let your family know you are safe. Register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site through


For information on flood preparedness or to find out how you can become a volunteer, contact the Heartland Chapter in Omaha at (402) 343-7700, the Loess Hills Chapter in Council Bluffs at (712) 322-4017 and the Northeast Nebraska Chapter in Norfolk and Wayne at (402)371-0393 or visit


The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster. Those who want to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and wildfires, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. This gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS; people can also text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to local American Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.


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