EAGLE PASS, TEXAS, October 9, 2015 — The American Red Cross is working closely with local officials to provide assistance to communities impacted by flooding in Maverick County. Anyone needing assistance is encouraged to call the Red Cross at 1-800-928-4271 or come to one of the following city or county shelter locations:
- Seco Mines Community Center, 2989 Sanchez Ave, Eagle Pass, Texas
- International Center for Trade, 3295 Bob Rogers, Eagle Pass, Texas
Red Cross disaster volunteers are supporting the local shelters, canvassing the affected neighborhoods to conduct damage assessment, providing clean-up supplies and standing by to provide hot meals and recovery casework.
“We are working closely with local emergency management to provide help and hope to families affected by the floods,” said Jacques DuBose, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country. “We want to make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, hot meals, health and mental health support, and recovery assistance. We are remaining flexible to meet these needs as they arise.”
The Red Cross urges families to take the following precautions to stay safe in flooded areas:
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Because standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more flood safety tips and information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program Web site at www.FloodSmart.gov.
- Download the FREE Red Cross Flood App on your Apple or Android mobile device to receive audible watches and warnings, along with livesaving information on what to do before, during and after a flood.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.