LITTLE ROCK-JUNE 17, 2015 — With remnants of Tropical Storm Bill making its way towards Arkansas with heavy rains, winds and risk of tornadoes, the American Red Cross has placed disaster teams around the state on standby for response as needed to care for those affected by the storm.
Disaster Responders from Arkansas are also being deployed to rain soaked areas in Texas and Oklahoma. “More than 50 Red Cross workers from across the state were deployed to both states to help with flood response starting the first week of May,” stated Regional Communications Director, Brigette Williams. “Tropical Storm Bill is unfortunately requiring additional care as more neighbors find themselves in the path of another round of unwanted weather.”
Larry Martens of Searcy County deployed today to join Red Cross teams in New Braunfels, Texas, 25 miles north of San Antonio. Texas continues to be hard hit with floods. “Larry volunteers his skills as a mental health professional to provide comfort and guidance to individuals impacted by disasters,” stated Williams. His previous responses include the recent Oklahoma tornado and floods, the mudslides in Washington state, Hurricane Sandy and the Vilonia tornado to name a few. “Larry also is on scene for daily responses to home fires providing comfort to families who lost loved ones. His care is needed and welcomed by families in distress,” stated Williams.
Additional Red Cross responders across Arkansas are on standby for deployment to Texas, Oklahoma and across Arkansas as needed. More than 2,000 Red Cross responders are currently on the ground in the three states. Care continues for flood victims in the Pine Bluff area from the most recent round of storms.
Since early May the Red Cross has opened more than 60 emergency shelters including two in Arkansas. More than 240,000 meals and snacks, plus 140,000 disaster relief supplies have been provided in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Red Cross mental health and nurses have been critical providing replacement of medication and making on site health checks, as well as providing needed professional emotional support to weary families and individuals.
For persons wanting to help the free Red Cross disaster care being provided around the clock to these disaster victims please make a donation by visiting redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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/arkansas or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossArkansas.