Red Cross Opens Shelters as Flooding Hits Texas
Heavy rains have swamped parts of southern Texas, leading to flash flooding and water rescues. The American Red Cross is there, helping provide a safe place to stay for people forced from their homes by floodwaters.
Some parts of Texas have received as much as a foot of rain. Roads are flooded, some summer schools closed and the rising waters have led to numerous people having to be rescued. Some of the areas affected are still recovering from last year’s Hurricane Harvey. More than 215 people spent Wednesday night in three Red Cross shelters and more shelters are on stand-by if needed.
It’s been almost a year since Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and the Red Cross is still helping those affected, working with local and state governments, non-profit partners, faith-based organizations, and community-based Long-Term Recovery committees to meet the ongoing needs of people impacted by this devastating storm. You can learn more here.
If you live in a neighborhood which could be impacted by the flooding, you should know what the watches and warnings mean. A flood/flash flood watch means a flood/flash flood is possible in your area. A flood/flash flood warning means flooding/flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Evacuate if directed.
Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding, as well as locations of open Red Cross shelters. Users can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross, texting GETEMERGENCY to 90999 for a link to download the app or going to redcross.org/apps.
Here are more safety steps you should follow:
There are 3 easy steps people can take to be “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency:
1. Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the area and emergency contact information. Many of these items are available through the Red Cross Store at redcrossstore.org.
2. Talk with household members and create an evacuation plan. Practicing the plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event.
3. Be informed. Learn about the community’s emergency response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for pets.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.