The American Red Cross is responding to severe storms that produced a tornado outbreak, destroying homes and damaging communities across the Great Plains Wednesday. To help affected residents, the Red Cross is providing food, shelter and comfort in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. Workers are also helping families take additional preparedness measures, as additional storms are in the forecast.
Two trained Red Cross volunteers from the Central Texas Chapter are deploying to the affected area to assist in the relief effort. Roland Curry and Dan Knauft, both experienced Red Cross volunteers, will depart from the Central Texas Chapter at 2218 Pershing Drive at 9:00 am Friday morning. They will drive the locally-based Emergency Response Vehicle to Oklahoma City, where they’ll work as vehicle drivers—helping distribute bulk items, like cleanup kits, and provide hot meals to families in impacted neighborhoods.
“The Red Cross is making sure that people in Oklahoma get the help they need,” said Marty McKellips, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Central & South Texas Region. “We are proud to help out our neighbors in Oklahoma by deploying talented and dedicated volunteers to support the relief effort there.”
BECOME A VOLUNTEER
An average of 90% of Red Cross workers are volunteers. By empowering individuals to help their neighbors when they need it most, we strengthen our community and make it more resilient to disasters large and small. If you are interested in volunteering with the American Red Cross, visit www.redcross.org/volunteer or call us at 512-928-4271.
People across the Great Plains need help now. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
As the threat of severe weather continues throughout the week and into the weekend, the Red Cross encourages residents to prepare now. To ensure you have lifesaving information at your fingertips, download the new American Red Cross Emergency App. This app gives instant access to customizable weather alerts, safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different emergencies, all in one free and easy to use app. In addition, the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App helps children between the ages of 7 and 11 learn emergency preparedness while playing a game as monster characters. These Red Cross apps can be found in your app store by searching for American Red Cross.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.