Red Cross Helps as Texas Floods Affect 4,500 Homes
Preliminary estimates show as many as 4,500 homes were impacted by this week’s devastating flooding in the greater Houston area and the American Red Cross is there, making sure people are getting the help they need.
Red Cross workers are providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and comfort in and around Houston. Wednesday as many as 325 people spent the night in 7 Red Cross shelters. Working with the Southern Baptist Convention which is preparing meals, the Red Cross is providing food in the shelters and throughout some of the affected neighborhoods.
Red Cross caseworkers will also be meeting with people to help them plan their next steps. Red Cross health workers are helping with things like lost prescription medications and eyeglasses and mental health workers are helping people cope in a very trying situation. The Red Cross is also distributing relief supplies including items such as flashlights, gloves, totes, trash cans, buckets, insect repellant and masks.
While the weather is improving, more flooding is possible. Rivers in the area are expected to remain above flood stage until sometime next week. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation with emergency officials and will respond if needed.
The Red Cross has responded to three times more large-scale disasters during the first months of 2016 than the previous three years combined along with helping at the scene of hundreds of home fires and other smaller disasters every day.
The Red Cross needs the public’s help now. They can give to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Today also offers another unique opportunity to help. Today is the Red Cross 2016 Giving Day. People can #help1family who has lost everything to a disaster by participating.
Giving Day is a one-day fundraising campaign supporting the Red Cross mission to help people in need of emergency support. People can support the effort by visiting the Giving Day website, entering their information, sending their gift will be on its way to help people in need.
So far there have been more than 1,200 water rescues around Houston, many involving people driving into flooded areas. The Red Cross has safety steps people should follow:
Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information and shelter locations available on your mobile device.
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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