The American Red Cross is providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and comfort to residents of the greater Houston area impacted by devastating flooding. Seven volunteers from the Western and Central New York Region are currently supporting those efforts.
Tom Daley from the Town of Tonawanda deployed on Friday to serve as a Client Casework Supervisor. He will join Jim Collingwood of Amherst, who is also deployed from the Western New York Chapter to serve as a Logistics Supervisor.
From the Central New York Chapter, Barbara Stowe-Ranieri of Syracuse has been deployed to Texas to assist with health services. Cortland resident Frank VanSickle is working from the Cortland office training new virtual call caseworkers. Two volunteers from the Greater Rochester Chapter are assisting with flood relief. Sarah Perkins of Pittsford is working with disaster assessment, and Shortsville resident Leslee Rice is working from home as a call agent. From the Southern Tier, Peter Zelno of Vestal is driving an Emergency Response Vehicle in Texas.
More than 330 Texas residents spent Thursday night in six Red Cross and community shelters. Working with our partners from the Southern Baptist Convention, the Red Cross is serving hot meals in shelters and from feeding trucks circulating through some affected neighborhoods.
A total of more than 700 Red Cross workers are supporting shelters and providing relief supplies as families begin cleaning up their homes. Relief supplies include buckets, mops, trash cans, insect repellant, bleach and dust masks. As the water goes down, Red Cross caseworkers will help people plan their next steps and connect to available resources to support their recovery. Red Cross health workers are also offering services such as replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses and mental health workers are helping people cope with a very difficult situation.
Families in Texas need help now. You can help people affected by disasters like the Texas Floods and Tornadoes by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.