Texas and Oklahoma are feeling the devastating effects of weeks of heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding and the American Red Cross is there, helping people in the Lone Star State get back on their feet.
The storms have impacted about 35 percent of the state, destroying or damaging thousands of homes. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support to people in need.
Since early May, hundreds of Red Cross workers, including 33 from Wisconsin, have opened 37 shelters, served more than 34,000 meals and snacks and handed out more than 33,000 relief items and cleaning supplies in Texas. In addition, 40 emergency response vehicles, three from Wisconsin are distributing food and relief items in the affected communities and additional volunteers and vehicles are on alert if needed.
Let’s listen to a few of our volunteers, courtesy of our TV partners:
- Wisconsin Red Cross increases response to Texas flood (WISC-TV News 3, Madison)
- Local couple driving to Texas to help (ABC 9 – WAOW, North Central Wisconsin)
- Red Cross volunteers pack up, head for flood-stricken Texas (Fox 6, Milwaukee)
- Local relief volunteers return home from OK, TX (WQOW-18, Eau Clair)
- Red Cross worker returns form flood zone (ABC 2 – WBAY, Green Bay)
If you don’t have the time to volunteer, please consider a financial gift.