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A helicopter flies along a flooded Interstate 29 and a dike east of Hamburg, Iowa, on May 29.

American Red Cross was awarded $80,000 from United Way of the Midlands to support disaster services in the metro area.

Funds will assist families in preparedness, response and recovery to disasters and the complete disaster service cycle.

“The United Way of the Midlands has been a longtime supporter of local Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services programs,” said Jill Orton, Region CEO for the Red Cross Serving Nebraska, Kansas, and southwest Iowa.

According to a press release, this is how the Red Cross organization is able to respond to events both large and small.

This year in particular, the Red Cross responded to residents affected by flooding by opening shelters, serving meals, delivering relief supplies and distributing financial assistance.

Red Cross has also partnered with organizations like local fire departments and emergency management to fight against home fires.

Working together, the above listed organizations installed over 1,500 smoke alarms and educated families on the risks of fire and how to make a home safer.

“United Way’s support for this program is greatly valued, and many lives will change in a positive way, thanks to all who contributed,” Orton said. “These funds support volunteer capacity and community outreach, allowing us to impact people’s lives at their most critical moments.”

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