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Red Cross Helps After Tornadoes Rip Through Texas

Disaster Response
Workers helping as wildfires burn in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The American Red Cross is helping people in Texas after tornadoes ripped through parts of the Lone Star state, destroying homes and leaving more than 25,000 people without power.

The storms caused heavy damage in several Texas counties, the worst in Hood County in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where more than 100 homes are destroyed or heavily damaged. The Red Cross opened shelters and will be providing food, water and supplies throughout the affected area as well as health services and emotional support. Red Cross teams will begin to assess the damages as soon as conditions permit.

WILDFIRES Meanwhile, wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin have burned thousands of acres, destroying structures and forcing people from their homes. In both states, the Red Cross is providing food, water and shelter for those affected.

AFTER THE TORNADO The Red Cross has steps people affected by the tornadoes should follow to stay safe. First, they should return home only when local authorities say it is safe to do so and listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. Other safety steps include:

  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your home for damage.
  • Use flashlights when examining buildings – do not use candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly.
  • More information about what people should do to stay safe before, during and after a tornado is available on the Red Cross web site.

    DOWNLOAD TORNADO APP Another thing people should do is download the free Red Cross Tornado App, available in English or Spanish. The app, found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross, includes important features like a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued.

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.