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Red Cross Opens Disaster Resource Center, Closes Some Shelters

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North Texas families that need assistance from the Red Cross because they cannot stay in their home due to the tornado disaster should call the Red Cross hotline at 877-505-4800.

Following a deadly tornado outbreak across the North Texas area, the American Red Cross rushed to open shelters, conduct damage assessments and provide families with meals, snacks and supplies.

As the relief efforts continue, new services are becoming available:

HOOD COUNTY:

The American Red Cross, in partnership with the City of Granbury, has established a new Disaster Resource Center at the Church of Christ, 1908 West Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas. Anyone affected by the tornadoes is urged to visit the location to meet with a variety of organizations providing aid. The Center will be open on Sunday from 1:00p.m.-6:00p.m. and Monday through Wednesday from 9:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

The Red Cross shelter remains open at the First Christian Church in Granbury. A total of 22 people spent the night at the shelter last night.

As residents in the Rancho Brazos community are allowed back into their homes for the first time today, Red Cross responders will be there to make sure they have food and water and relief supplies such as shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags, sunscreen and more to help them with their salvaging efforts.

In total, around 100 homes were affected by the EF4 tornado that occurred on Wednesday night. More than half of those homes are completely destroyed.

JOHNSON COUNTY:

The shelter located at the Cleburne Senior Center closed today at 1:00p.m. Families in the affected communities indicate that they all have safe places to stay.

Residents who need Red Cross assistance are encouraged to visit our emergency aid station at Lowell Smith Middle School, 1710 Country Club Road, Cleburne, TX (go to Door #4). The station will be open through Friday, 9:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Red Cross teams are working in the disaster zones to make sure families have food and water and relief supplies such as shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags, sunscreen and more to help them with their salvaging efforts.

In total, more than 40 homes were destroyed by the storms in Johnson County.

ELLIS, MONTAGUE, PARKER, WISE COUNTIES:

Damage throughout the counties of Ellis, Montague, Parker and Wise is mostly rural or commercial. Red Cross teams have located the families that need assistance and will be providing that assistance individually.

North Texas Tornadoes: Facts at a Glance

Shelters Open

Yesterday: 1

To Date: 3

People in Shelters

Yesterday: 22

To Date: 47

Meals & Snacks Served

Yesterday: 2,836

To Date: 4,225

Relief Items Distributed

Yesterday: 926

To Date: 1,103

Red Cross Relief Workers

Yesterday: 132

To Date: 132

North Texas families that need assistance from the Red Cross because they cannot stay in their home due to the tornado disaster should call the Red Cross hotline at: 877-505-4800.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 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 join our blog at blog.redcross.org.