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ARC Delivering Critical Disaster Relief Services Across East Texas

Red Cross volunteer assesses flood damage
Any family who can’t stay in their home because of storm damage is urged to contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

TYLER, TX, May 2, 2016— Following a series of deadly flash floods and tornadoes that impacted seven east Texas counties, the American Red Cross has been working around the clock to ensure that every family hard-hit by the storms has a safe place to stay, daily meals, clean-up supplies and emotional support.

With 90 % of the disaster assessment complete, Red Cross teams have identified 83 homes that have been left unlivable by the storms, with another 145 residential structures receiving minor damage such as windows out, shingles off or fences down.

Because families have located a safe place to stay, Red Cross sheltering operations will wind down tomorrow and the attention will turn to casework services. Through this process, each family meets one-on-one with Red Cross caseworkers to develop their recovery plan and receive financial assistance to help with immediate needs such as new clothing, new shoes, groceries, medication replacements and more.

Any family who can’t stay in their home because of storm damage is urged to contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Texans from the Red River to the Rio Grande have been repeatedly inundated with severe weather for well over a solid year. Anyone not impacted by severe weather can help their fellow Texans recover by visiting www.redcross.org/donate and selecting “Texas Floods and Tornadoes”.

Following is a synopsis outlining impacts in each county:

Anderson County:

Homes Unlivable: 23

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

Daily meals being provided to families at area hotels

May 3 - 4, casework services will be delivered from 10:00 a.m. – 3:-00 p.m. at: American Red Cross, 919 S. Magnolia, Palestine, TX 75801

Cherokee County:

Homes Unlivable: 16

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

Casework services to begin on May 3, 2016. Red Cross teams will reach out to each family individually to set up a time to meet.

Harrison County:

Homes Unlivable: 7

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

Casework services to begin on May 3, 2016. Red Cross teams will reach out to each family individually to set up a time to meet.

Lamar County:

Homes Unlivable: 4

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

Casework services to begin on May 3, 2016. Red Cross teams will reach out to each family individually to set up a time to meet.

Smith County:

Homes Unlivable: 7

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

Red Cross shelter located at First Methodist Church will close on Tuesday, May 3 at Noon. To date, two residents spent the night at the shelter with many others stopping by during the day for information and support.

May 3 - 4, casework services will be delivered from 10:00 a.m. – 3:-00 p.m. at: First Methodist Church, 402 W. Hubbard, Lindale, Texas

Upshur County:

Homes Unlivable: 8

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

May 3 - 4, casework services will be delivered from 10:00 a.m. – 3:-00 p.m. at: Summit Heights Fellowship, 2340 S. FM 2869, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

Wood County:

Homes Unlivable: 18

Service Provided: Clean-up supplies being delivered in impacted neighborhoods to include mops, squeegees, bleach, sunscreen and other essentials

May 3 - 4, casework services will be delivered from 10:00 a.m. – 3:-00 p.m. at: Summit Heights Fellowship, 2340 S. FM 2869, Holly Lake Ranch, Texas

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 follow us on Twitter @redcross.