Resources, Assistance Available for Those Affected by Flooding in Cape Girardeau, North Scott Counties in Missouri

Community partners will host a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Cape Girardeau, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at the Salvation Army, 701 Good Hope Street. The MARC is a place where individuals affected by flooding in Cape Girardeau and North Scott Counties can come to receive a variety of goods, services and information from public service and faith-based agencies.
Important clean-up tips for flood victims and tetanus shots will also be available.
Those affected by flooding attending the MARC should bring proof that their residence was in an affected area (such as a driver license showing a current address) or a piece of mail.
The following organizations will be on hand with information and services at the MARC:

  • SEMO Red Cross—sheltering, clean up kits
  • Salvation Army—clean up kits and financial assistance
  • Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri —Disaster Case Management for long-term recovery needs, home repair
  • Univ. of Missouri Extension —educational information on proper clean up and mold remediation
  • Humane Society of Southeast Missouri  — pet food
  • East Missouri Action Agency – sheltering
  • Local Public Health Departments—tetanus shots and other public health needs
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) – Medicaid, adult protective services
  • Missouri DHSS Family Support Division – Emergency food stamps
  • Love INC – Personal hygiene kits
  • Community Caring Council – Homeless services
  • 211 (24/7 help line, other info on hand)
  • Some household essentials courtesy of Procter & Gamble
  • Aging Matters – Resources for persons 60+ and caregivers
  • Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation – Emergency assistance, blankets
  • State of Missouri
    • Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration (DIFP) – Insurance Resources
    • Department of Health and Senior Services – Division of Senior and Disability Services – Resources and information on consumer services
    • Department of Social Services – Food Stamp Replacement/Children’s Division Services and Programs
    • Missouri Attorney General’s Office – Resources for fraudulent merchandising practices
  • Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief – Muck out
  • Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association
  • And more partners!

Before cleaning up flood damage, those affected should take photos of their property and keep any receipts for related expenses. It is IMPERATIVE that people document, document, document the damage, including:

  • photos of exterior of property under water,
  • photos of exterior after water went down,
  • photos of interior before the contents are removed,
  • photos of interior after contents are removed,
  • photos of damaged contents laid out,
  • written inventory of all personal items damaged, and
  • receipts for purchase of any products, services for cleanup/repair.

Additional information about flooding and its aftermath, including cleanup, is available from the University of Missouri Extension here.
Other resources:   About flooding    National Safety Council
Questions about the MARC event can be directed to Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri’s Cape Girardeau offices at 573-335-0134.

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