Volunteer Dominic DiGirolamo of Belmont, NY is deploying to Austin, Texas to serve in the American Red Cross response to Halloween flooding in central Texas. DiGirolamo will be providing Disaster Mental Health support for those affected by this storm. DiGirolamo has previously deployed to serve in several Red Cross relief operations, most recently following the Boston Marathon bombings in April and in Colorado following massive flooding in September.
The American Red Cross of Central Texas is working around the clock to help families affected by the Halloween floods with food, shelter, clean-up supplies and comfort. Red Cross disaster workers will continue conducting damage assessment this week, while also working closely with partner agencies at the Flood Assistance Center to connect families with vital relief resources.
Since the flooding began early Thursday morning, the Red Cross has served more than 10,000 meals and snacks, provided more than 300 health service checks and registered more than 500 individuals at the Flood Assistance Center. Disaster workers continue to canvas the most heavily affected areas, delivering meals and clean-up supplies such as bleach, mops, gloves, rakes and shovels. One Red Cross shelter will remain open as long as it is needed.
To support the people affected by disasters such as flooding, people can make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund at www.redcross.org, by calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).