The American Red Cross is preparing for a large relief effort across the Texas Gulf Coast. In response to multiple severe weather disturbances in the Gulf, the Red Cross will open emergency shelters in cities throughout the Texas Gulf Coast. Red Cross workers are prepared to providing warm meals, a safe dry place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs. The Red Cross also stands ready to support local community shelters.
As of today, the following Red Cross managed or supported shelters are available:
Trinity Lutheran Church
808 Louisiana Ave, Corpus Christi, TX 78404
1st Baptist Church
600 S Kansas, Weslaco, TX
South Main FEMA Community Safe Room
1700 S. Main St LA FERIA, TX 78559
Memorial Middle School
2610 North Moorefield Rd, Mission TX, 78572
Donna Recreation Center
307 Miller Road. Donna, TX 78537
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescriptions and emergency medications
- Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
- Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents
- Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
- Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
- Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
- Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
- Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
- Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters. Partner organizations make every effort to provide pet sheltering close to Red Cross shelters so pet owners can visit their pets frequently. Service animals are permitted and may stay with their owner in Red Cross shelters.
With more severe weather forecasted through the week, the Red Cross in encouraging people to prepare by:
Be sure you’re Red Cross Ready. That means:
- Assembling an emergency preparedness kit.
- Creating a household evacuation plan that includes your pets.
- Staying informed about your community’s risk and response plans.
- Educating your family on how to use the Safe and Well website.
- Downloading the Emergency App for iPhone >> or for Android >> or by visiting redcross.org/apps.
We urge you to share these Red Cross preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.
At this time, the American Red Cross of [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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.
Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
For more updates, follow the South Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossSouthTX. You can also contact the South Texas Chapter at (956) 423-0523, visithttps://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.html or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross is a United Way agency that 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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.