Despite the closing of the Hannibal office, disaster relief services are still available for Pike County through the American Red Cross in St. Louis.
St. Louis Red Cross representative Becky White told the Pike County Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday, Dec. 11 that services for flood, tornado and fire victims are still available. She also said there is only one Red Cross volunteer in Pike County and she hopes to find more.
The closure of the Hannibal office “is a sign of the economy,” White said. “It’s a really difficult thing but our services will remain the same.”
While the Red Cross may not be able to get employees on the ground at a Pike County disaster as fast as it used to, Red Cross workers can still use phones to coordinate and get help to those who need it here, White said.
Emergency management agency member the Rev. Randall Cone said the distance of Red Cross offices to Pike County was a concern when the Hannibal office closed.
But White Red Cross offices in St. Peters and Quincy, Ill. are equal in distance to Pike County.
“We looked at drive times,” when it was decided Pike County would be assimilated into the Red Cross St. Louis district, White said.
White said she would continue to network with the county’s emergency agency to get contact numbers, shelter agreements and to establish relationships, with those in Pike County who deal with disasters.
“It’s important to me we can respond when you need it,” White said.
Red Cross assistance for disaster victims is still available 24 hours a day at 314-516-2700, White said.
To volunteer as a Red Cross representative in Pike County, see the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org/stl or email Disaster Specialist TJ Runge at email@example.com