United Way Joins Efforts at Fremont Red Cross Shelter; Text to Donate Option Now Available

FREMONT — The American Red Cross has opened a shelter in Fremont, Nebraska, to assist those who have been evacuated or displaced from their homes due to flooding in the area. This is the sixth temporary shelter opened to help residents cope with widespread flooding this week.

The Fremont shelter is located at the First Lutheran Church (3200 Military Avenue, Fremont, Nebraska) and is now open, as of 8:30AM on Thursday, March 14th.

The United Way of Fremont will have a table set up at the Fremont shelter to connect individuals with area resources to recover from flooding. Individuals can also call 211 to be connected with the United Way for additional resources.

If you have not been impacted by the recent flooding, but want to make a donation through the United Way to help people in Fremont, the Fremont Area United Way has set up a text to give number – Text 41444, and in your message type FremontUW – one word. You will then receive a text response with a link to complete your donation, where you can choose any amount to give.

There are now six shelters open in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa:

  • Green Hills Area Education Agency, 919 N. Chestnut St., Avoca, Iowa
  • Salem United Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Avenue, Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • First Lutheran Church, 3200 Military Avenue, Fremont, Nebraska
  • Lutheran High Northeast, 2010 N. 37th Street, Norfolk, Nebraska
  • North Loup Community Center, 112 S, B Street, North Loup, Nebraska
  • Randolph City Auditorium, 110 N. Main Street, Randolph, Nebraska

Anyone who has been displaced from their home is urged to come to the shelter. Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide a safe place to stay, a place to sleep, a hot meal and referrals to community services.

Anyone evacuating to a shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family, including:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

Pets are not allowed at Red Cross shelters, but those with pets to consider are urged to call the Main Omaha Red Cross location at 402-343-7700 to see if there are rescues or other shelters available for pets in their area.

These emergency shelters will remain open as long as necessary. The Red Cross is working closely with local emergency management officials to coordinate relief services.

Download the Red Cross Emergency App for shelter information and to get instant access to information and resources on what to do during a flood. The app is free and can be downloaded in app stores by searching for “American Red Cross” or going to redcross.org/apps.