The American Red Cross is helping people across Texas after severe storms pounded the region over the weekend.
Red Cross workers are providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and helping people plan their next steps after deadly tornadoes devastated towns in North Texas, and flash flooding swept through Central Texas communities.
The threat of damaging storms continues today with thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and isolated tornadoes possible for the region. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and will respond if necessary.
A Red Cross Shelter is currently open in Navisota, where many families were evacuated due to flash flooding. The shelter is located at Navasota Center, 101 Stadium Dr., Navasota, TX 77868 (https://goo.gl/maps/as8BR). Additional shelters and volunteers are on stand-by across Central Texas and will activate on a moment’s notice. Anyone in need of assistance can visit the shelter or call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS.
“Sadly, we already know of injuries and lives lost in Texas. By working together in a state response we are able to target our combined resources in the most effective manner possible,” said Marty McKellips, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, Central & South Texas Region. “We are deploying our volunteers and materials to the hardest hit areas while pre-staging others based on weather forecasts.”
STAY INFORMED Severe weather is still a threat for much of the area. The Red Cross has several smartphone apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These free apps are available at redcross.org/apps.
“I’M SAFE” In an emergency, letting your loved ones know you are safe can bring them great peace of mind. The Red Cross can help you stay in touch with loved ones after a disaster. All of the Red Cross mobile apps feature an “I’m Safe” button that allows users to post a message to their social accounts, letting friends and family know they are out of harm’s way. You can also visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell to let friends and families know you are okay or to search for a loved one.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
VOUNTEER At this time, the American Red Cross Serving [Region] is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support our response to the flooding in our communities. We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register to become new volunteers to help with future disaster responses. Learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer and complete the online application.
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.