As the rain continues to fall, the American Red Cross is helping people in Texas and Oklahoma where devastating floods and tornadoes hit the region. To date, 13 Red Cross volunteers from the Minnesota Region have deployed to Texas and Oklahoma, including two virtual deployments, to help those in need. The Minnesota Region is also preparing emergency response vehicles and additional volunteers for potential deployment.
“The Red Cross is expanding relief efforts and mobilizing additional volunteers, vehicles, food and relief supplies to help the thousands of people impacted by these latest storms,” said Phil Hansen, CEO of the Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross. “We depend on financial donations to provide shelter and food, and we need the public’s help now. The Red Cross response in Texas alone is expected to cost more than $3 million.”
Local Red Cross volunteers are responding from across the region, including Chaska, Long Lake, Mankato, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, New Ulm, Two Harbors, and Waterville, Minnesota as well as Hudson and Superior, Wisconsin.
Trained specialists are helping people cope with the stress of relentless severe weather and replace essential items like prescription medications and eyeglasses. Volunteers are serving food in shelters and from response vehicles circulating in some neighborhoods when it’s safe to do so. Volunteers are also handing out comfort kits and cleaning supplies. In the coming days, trained Red Cross workers will begin meeting one-on-one with people who need additional support to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork, and locate help from other agencies.
Since early May, more than 1,250 Red Cross workers have opened 51 shelters, served more than 57,000 meals and snacks and handed out 52,000 relief items and cleaning supplies. More than 40 emergency response vehicles used for mobile feeding are also on scene supporting the response.
HOW TO HELP A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide shelter for someone who has had to leave their home and food and water for them to eat. Help people affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.