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Red Cross announces respite centers in Cassville and Shell Knobb after storms

Springfield, MO (May 27, 2024) — Following strong storms and tornadoes over the last couple of days, two respite centers have opened in southern Missouri. Respite centers provide individuals a place to stay during the day, offering meals and a place to charge devices.

The following respite centers have opened in Southern Missouri:

  • The Family Life Center, 200 W. 5th St. Cassville, MO 65325
    • 5/28/24 8am-7pm tomorrow
  • Central Crossing Senior Center, 20801 YY 15 Rd, Shell Knob, MO 65747
    • 5/28/24 open from 8am-3pm, with lunch being served

The Red Cross is also distributing water, snacks and emergency supplies to those in impacted areas.

The role of the Red Cross in any disaster is to focus on addressing the immediate needs of those affected. The Red Cross is coordinating with community, government, and emergency management officials to determine where and when additional assistance is needed.

American Red Cross services are free and available to all regardless of race, religious beliefs, nationality, or citizenship status.

Red Cross Responders

In addition to sheltering, our teams are conducting preliminary damage assessments to determine the extent of the damage and community assistance needs. Teams are also distributing water, snacks and emergency supplies to the impacted communities. Currently, approximately 80 Red Cross disasters workers are assisting in the response.

For Assistance:

Anyone needing assistance is asked to call the Red Cross at 1-800-Red-Cross or go to

How to help:

Financial assistance needed:
For individuals wishing to assist the Red Cross in responding to community disasters, a financial donation is best. This allows the Red Cross to be flexible in using the funds to directly address the needs of those affected. To donate, call 1-800 RED CROSS or donate online at

Volunteer needed:

The Red Cross needs more disaster response volunteers to assist following home fires and other local disasters. If interested, please click “learn more” and fill out our form at .

For the latest information on Red Cross relief efforts in Arkansas, please follow @ArkRedCross on Facebook or Twitter.

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