Red Cross helps families displaced because of standoff

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WICHITA, Kansas – The American Red Cross has helped five families displaced from their homes because of the standoff since Wednesday night.

The organization says the need will likely fluctuate.

“When something like this happens, one of the toughest parts is it’s very unclear how long the situation will go,” said Bryan Saindon, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross

Three buildings at the Southlake Village Apartments are off-limits to residents, and the Red Cross is working to find those people to offer help with shelter and basic necessities like medications.

They’re also able to help those with pets find a place to stay as well.

“A cot, a blanket, a safe place or cool place to stay and also some basic hygiene items, simple things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, providing those essentials and a safe place to say is or number one concern,” said Saindon.

A shelter at Ruth Clark Elementary, 1900 West 55th Street, will be open Thursday night.

Those who need the shelter will need to enter by the west parking lot.

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