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American Red Cross mobilizing in Kensett

The American Red Cross serving Greater Iowa is mobilizing disaster workers across the state of Iowa to support the evacuation of Northwood.

A fire is burning at a facility at the Northwood Municipal Airport that contains sulfuric acid.  Residents of Northwood are being asked to evacuate immediately south of Northwood to the Kensett Community Center approximately 6 miles south of Northwood on Highway 65.

Red Cross disaster workers will support the shelter that is already set up at the Kensett Community Center, 300 Willow Street in Kensett.

Right now, volunteers are traveling from the Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo areas to assist those already in place from Worth and Cerro Gordo counties.

Residents who do not have transportation can be transported to Kensett from the sheriff’s office at 1000 Central Avenue, Northwood.  If transportation to the sheriff’s office is needed call the Sheriff at 641-324-2481.

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
•      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.

posted : February, 20th by KXEL

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