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Red Cross Helps Texas After Floods, Tornadoes

Texas Floods
The Red Cross is monitoring the storms as they move through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

The American Red Cross is helping people in Texas after tornadoes and severe thunderstorms slammed into the state over the weekend.

More than 100 people spent Sunday night in Red Cross and community shelters. Red Cross workers are also providing meals, distributing relief supplies and meeting one-on-one with people to assist them in getting the help they need.

The latest severe weather comes on the heels of flooding which occurred recently in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Patricia. The Red Cross has been helping people since the flooding began, including:

  • Opening a total of 24 shelters with more than 650 overnight stays
  • Providing more than 7,000 meals and snacks
  • Distributing more than 1,890 relief supplies
  • Providing more than 300 health and mental health services
  • Deploying more than 200 disaster workers and 18 emergency response vehicles to help those in need.
  • Parts of Texas received as much as 16 inches of rain and tornadoes touched down in several communities, damaging homes and closing multiple roads. The severe storms are moving east through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic which could see flash flooding over the next few days. The Red Cross is monitoring the storm and will respond if needed.

    DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to get emergency alerts, find out where shelters are and have flooding and tornado safety information immediately available. The Emergency App can be found in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to Parents can also download the Red Cross Monster Guard App to teach children what to do in case of a flood or other disaster.

    HOW TO HELP Red Cross workers are still helping people affected by other large disasters such as the recent flooding in South Carolina. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support disasters big and small.

    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.