Salvation Army Opening Second Disaster Resource Center

In response to the devastating flooding, The Salvation Army is opening a second Disaster Resource Center in the metro area on April 1. The Council Bluffs DRC is located at the Council Bluffs Corps, 715 N. 16th St.

The other one has been operating in the former Canfield's building near 84th and Center. Just like the Omaha center, the new DRC in Council Bluffs will serve primarily as a distribution center where people in need can come to pick up flood-relief items. Donations of flood-relief items that are being accepted:

* N-95 dust masks

* Scoop shovels

* Floor squeegees

* Long rubber gloves

* Wader boots

* Spray bottles

* Laundry soap

* Personal hygiene items (deodorant, bath soap, toothpaste, etc.)

* Box fans

* Bleach

* Disinfectant

* Paper towels

* 5-gallon buckets

* Work gloves

* Scrub brushes

* Cleaning rags

* Large, heavy-duty garbage bags

* First-aid kit

* School supplies

* New, unwrapped bedding

* New towels and washcloths

* New baby supplies

* Snack items

* Paper plates, forks/knives/spoons/cups/napkins

The Council Bluffs DRC’s hours will be as follows:

* Mondays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

* Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

* Sundays: closed

In addition to Corps staff, a caseworker will be on-site at the Council Bluffs DRC to help with intake and ensuring people’s needs are met. As people arrive, they will briefly meet with the caseworker, complete a brief intake form, and will then be guided through part of the building where flood-relief items have been organized and placed for ease of pickup. People needing flood-relief items will need to bring a photo ID with them.

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