A Brief History

The history of the South Texas Chapter parallels the calamities and disasters that have befallen the area. Hurricanes, floods, explosions, fires and the effects of war on local residents are backdrops to our story.
  • 2002
    In November 2002, the South Texas Chapter moved into a new building
  • 2001
    A couple of days after the September 11 attacks, the Queen Isabella Causeway bridge collapsed on September 15, 2001 at South Padre Island, Texas.
  • 1998
    In May 1998, the Board of Governors gave approval for West Cameron County and Harlingen, Texas, to merge within the Rio Grande Valley to form what is known as the South Texas Chapter.
  • 1992
    On July 1, 1992, The American Red Cross in Washington, D.C., merged four four Red Cross chapters from Hidalgo, Starr, Willacy and Southern Cameron counties to form one larger service delivery unit.
  • 1988
    The first disaster event was on July 7, 1988 -- a building collapsed in Brownsville, Texas. It was a busy downtown department store. A total of 14 people were killed, 190 were injured and 12 were hospitalized. Customs agents allowed Mexican Nationals to come over, one by one, and identify people who died. The Red Cross opened a shelter and 7,000 people were fed by mass care.