-Three additional Hawaii Red Cross volunteers are deploying to assist with the Red Cross response to the devastating floods in Texas. Two volunteers from Maui will be assisting with client casework and a volunteer from the Big Island will be assisting with bulk distribution. A volunteer from Oahu has already deployed to assist with Health Services as well as two Maui volunteers who are assisting with Disaster Mental Health Services and Disaster Service Technology. This makes a total of 6 Hawaii Red Cross volunteers deployed to assist with the Texas flood response.
RED CROSS RESPONSE. American Red Cross workers are on the ground in Texas, helping residents of the Lone Star State impacted by yet another devastating flooding situation. Rain continues to fall in the region where the ongoing flooding has already damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from all over the country are in Texas, operating or supporting 17 shelters, providing meals, helping assess the damage and distributing relief supplies. The Red Cross deployed 22 emergency response vehicles to help and six more are on the way to Texas to support the relief effort. Partners like the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Salvation Army are also supporting efforts to provide feeding in shelters and along mobile routes.
Red Cross mental health workers are helping people cope, many of whom have been hit with flood damage more than once. Health workers are assisting with minor first aid needs and helping replace things like lost medications and eyeglasses. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with families one-on-one to help them get the help they need. The Red Cross has important information people should follow to stay safe if they live in a community affected by the flooding.
MULTIPLE DISASTERS IN TEXAS THIS YEAR. Over the last year, the American Red Cross has helped tens of thousands of people across Texas impacted by relentless severe weather, flooding and tornadoes in more than 130 counties—many of which were struck multiple times.
So far this year, the Red Cross helped as:
-Texas residents faced tornadoes and flooding over the Christmas holidays which destroyed hundreds of homes.
-A powerful storm brought more flooding to the region, again destroying homes and businesses in March.
-Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, came to a near standstill in April when record floods impacted more than 5,000 homes.
-The present flooding damaged or destroyed thousands of homes, with heavy rain predicted to continue for the next several days.
HOW TO HELP. You can help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word TXFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Texas Floods and Tornadoes will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.