Red Cross Shelters Remain Open in San Antonio

MAY 26, 2013 – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – In response to inclement weather yesterday, the San Antonio Area Chapter of the American Red Cross opened two shelters in the city for families who were evacuated because of flooding. Those two shelters were merged into one at the Ninth Grade Academy located at 1460 Martinez Losoya St. Red Cross disaster responders have been on the ground since Saturday providing aid and shelter to victims who have been displaced. The Ninth Grade Academy remains open tonight, Sunday, May 25, 2013. A shelter opened last night in Floresville is closed.

The Red Cross has been aided by the San Antonio Food Bank at the shelter to help feed residents. The two organizations will partner to keep these people fed and accommodated for however long they are called to do so.

Disaster responders are currently in affected areas to perform disaster assessments and provide bulk items to assist families in their recovery as they clean up. Red Cross volunteers and staff remain at the ready in case more flooding occurs.

People who need assistance in the wake of this flood are encouraged to call the Red Cross Disaster Services Department at 210-224-5151.

The American Red Cross, San Antonio Chapter, has provided volunteer and other resources in response to Super Storm Sandy; the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas; the Tornadoes in Oklahoma and more than 200 fires in and around San Antonio this year. For those who would like to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donations can be made by: Calling 1-800- RED-CROSS; Texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10.00 donation, or visiting the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org. Gifts of clothing or other household items are not currently being accepted.

If you need further information regarding this press release, please call Rafael Aviles, Regional Communications Manager for the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross at 210-288-3378.