The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Friday, June 5, 2015 1:00 PM ET
Tornadoes, Floods and Storms
The rain has finally stopped in Texas, but flooding is still a danger, and families across Texas, Oklahoma and the Great Plains are continuing to pick up the pieces after severe weather impacted their region for over a month. Red Crossers are on the ground conducting damage assessments, delivering relief supplies and meeting one-on-one with families impacted by the effects of prolonged severe weather in Texas and the Great Plains.
After weeks of relentless severe weather, the American Red Cross continues to provide comfort and hope to thousands of Texans as they begin to recover. About 8,000 homes are affected and the Red Cross will be on the ground helping every step of the way. 60 people spent Thursday night in 5 Red Cross shelters.
As severe weather subsides, the Red Cross is continuing to deliver meals, snacks, relief supplies and conduct client casework to address individual and family needs. 50 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are circulating affected areas to distribute items such as shovels, rakes, work gloves and trash bags to assist in cleanup efforts. Red Cross workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost eyeglasses and medications and providing emotional support to those affected.
Since early May, nearly 2,500 Red Cross workers have provided the following help:
Opened 51 shelters providing more than 1,800 overnight stays.
Served more than 105,000 meals and snacks.
Handed out nearly 73,000 relief items, including cleaning supplies.
Provided nearly 4,400 health services and emotional support contacts.
Trained Red Cross workers are in multi-agency resource centers, meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery and receive help from other agencies. More than 1,100 cases have already been opened to provide individual recovery support. Recovering from a disaster can be a confusing and trying process; resource centers help streamline relief information and aid so people can more easily find the help they need. Clean up supplies, hot meals, emotional counseling and health services are also available at the resource centers.
Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock to provide support and recovery assistance to those in need. We will be there to help families on the road to recovery in the days and weeks ahead.
Responding Homes Fires and Other Disasters
Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters. From multi-family fires, to search and rescue missions, severe weather and more, the Red Cross is there to provide hope and help for families in the aftermath of a disaster. In addition to relief efforts in Texas, below is a list of larger-scale disasters Red Cross workers have responded to in the last day:
· California – Hazardous Materials & Multi-Family Fires: An apartment complex in Sacramento was evacuated due to hazardous materials being found on Thursday. The American Red Cross provided snacks and water to emergency responders at the scene. In a separate incident, a fire destroyed a multi-unit apartment complex in Redding on Thursday. The Red Cross provided shelter, food and casework to affected residents as needed. In yet another incident, fire affected multiple homes in San Francisco on Friday. The Red Cross provided snacks and water to emergency responders and provided food as well as casework to affected residents, helping to locate immediate lodging and health and mental health services.
· Colorado – Severe Weather: Severe weather caused tornado activity and flooding that destroyed homes and affected residents in Larimer County on Thursday. The Red Cross deployed disaster workers who provided shelter, food, casework, comfort and clean up kits and support services for those impacted.
· Missouri – Flood: River flooding due to excessive rainfall affected scores of residents and prompted an evacuation in Clay County on Thursday. The Red Cross provided shelter, food, casework and support services for those impacted.
· Wyoming – Flood: Flooding affected homes and some residents needed to be rescued in Niobrara County on Thursday. The Red Cross provided shelter, food, casework, comfort and clean up kits and support services for those impacted.