Red Cross to help Montanans hardest hit by flooding

2011-06-20T18:10:00Z 2011-06-21T23:45:15Z Red Cross to help Montanans hardest hit by flooding

Gazette Staff‌

The Billings Gazette
June 20, 2011 6:10 pm  • 

The American Red Cross will open individual client casework files for Montanans hardest hit by flooding.

Emergency casework is focused on severe need — those unable to return home because of structural damage that makes a dwelling unsafe or the inability to return home without making significant repairs.

“Despite mold being one of the biggest problems associated with flooding, client casework does not assist homeowners with mold remediation, nor with financial assistance to do that,” said Gary Betway, Montana client casework leader.

Individual casework allows the American Red Cross to help flood victims with the next step toward recovery — developing a family plan. Preliminary “first look” damage assessments of residential property have been conducted over the last four weeks by teams of Red Cross personnel. Additional individual damage assessments by Red Cross volunteers will allow homeowners to find out if they qualify for emergency financial assistance.

American Red Cross disaster relief operations director Kurt Weirich said the American Red Cross opens individual casework to serve those with the worst damage, and to meet needs beyond emergency sheltering, feeding and clean-up.

Call 1-800-ARC-MONT to schedule an onsite meeting with American Red Cross caseworkers.

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