The American Red Cross has been on the ground providing relief in Texas and Oklahoma since a historic wave of severe weather began several weeks ago. Greater NY Red Cross volunteers and employees are among the hundreds of Red Cross staff members providing shelter, food, water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support to thousands of people in need.
Since early May, severe storms have devastated communities from Oklahoma City to Houston. Governors in the affected states have declared disasters in more than 80 counties after tornadoes and flooding destroyed/damaged thousands of homes and left thousands without power. The past few days has seen the situation intensify in several areas already affected by severe weather including the city of Houston.
As of May 26, the Red Cross has opened 35 shelters, served more than 23,000 meals and snacks, handed out 31,000 relief items and cleaning supplies in Texas alone. Nearly 700 Red Crossers are helping along with 23 emergency response vehicles.
Since Saturday, nine Red Cross staff members from across Greater NY have deployed to Oklahoma and Texas to offer a helping hand as health-service volunteers, shelter managers or caseworkers. Tomorrow, nine more will head to Texas to support the relief effort. Among those deploying are eight members of our FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team, DART.
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/donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
And while Greater NY supports flood and tornado relief efforts across the country, another one of our own staff members, Raul Rivera-Nunez, Regional Director–Planning, Readiness, & Situational Awareness, has been supporting the Global Red Cross response to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal four weeks ago. Raul left for South Asia over the weekend for a month-long deployment.