Red Cross Responds to Flooding

Flooded River
More flooding in Texas possible as remnants of Sonia pass through.

The American Red Cross is responding to flooding in Texas and Alaska where floodwaters have damaged homes, caused power outages, damaged roadways and forced people from their homes.

In central Texas around Austin, trained Red Cross disaster workers have served about 17,500 meals and snacks, opened shelters, provided hundreds of health and mental health services and distributed as many as 1,500 relief items such as bleach, mops, gloves, rakes and shovels to flood survivors beginning to clean up their homes.

"We have made great strides in the disaster response, but there is still so much work to be done," said Marty McKellips with the American Red Cross of Central Texas. "Our focus now is to finish the damage assessment so we can move from response into recovery."

Remnants of Tropical Depression Sonia could bring more rain to Texas where more flooding is possible.

Heavy rainfall on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska has damaged homes, contaminated wells, destroyed heating systems and damaged septic systems. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food and relief items and working with local officials to assess the damage throughout the area.

If someone’s neighborhood is threatened by flooding, they should take the following steps:

  • Stay away from floodwaters. If someone comes upon a flowing stream where water is above their ankles, they should stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of water can sweep them off their feet.
  • If someone encounters a flooded road while driving, they should turn around and go another way. Do not attempt to drive through the water. If caught on a flooded road, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Be especially cautions at night when it is harder to see flood danger.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Additional flood safety tips are available on this website.

    LAX SHOOTING Meanwhile, Red Cross workers also responded to the tragic shooting that occurred recently at Los Angeles International Airport. The Red Cross provided mass care support, food and water, comfort kits, blankets and shelter, as well as health and mental health services.

    The Red Cross operated a shelter at the airport to provide support for first responders and travelers. More than 30 people spent the night in the shelter before being able to make arrangements to continue their travel plans.

    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.

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