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Red Cross Worker Deployed to Texas

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle providing relief after Superstorm Sandy.

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

Disaster Program Specialist Bill Platt from the Greater Rochester Chapter is traveling to Texas on Wednesday to support the Disaster Relief Operation as training manager.

The Red Cross is 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 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 24 shelters, providing more than 7,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 1,890 relief supplies and providing more than 300 health and mental health services.

The Red Cross relies on financial contributions to provide help and comfort to disaster victims anywhere, anytime. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit http://www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.