This message from Eric Oubre, PIO, American Red Cross:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 – The American Red Cross is proactively readying its workers and resources in anticipation of upcoming weather in order to be ready to respond quickly to flash flooding. Red Cross disaster specialists are monitoring the storm closely, remaining in constant contact with local emergency management across the Texas Gulf Coast and are on standby to assist.

“Helping our community during times of disaster is exceptionally important to us—it’s who we are,” said Steve Vetrano, Regional CEO, the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast. “And for us, helping starts by communicating with our local emergency management partners and planning for what may occur.

To that end,  trained Red Cross volunteers have been asked to update their availability should the need arise, supplies are pre-positioned across the region, Red Cross emergency response vehicles and their drivers are on alert and experienced leadership staff members are on standby should their expertise be needed to help run Red Cross disaster relief operations in affected areas. Digital volunteers are actively monitoring social media channels using the @TXGulfCoast_ARC  Twitter handle to get and give emergency information as the weather unfolds.

WHAT CAN YOU DO NOW?

  • Download the free Red Cross Emergency App, which provides tips on how to stay safe before, during and after a flood and also provides emergency alerts and other tools. http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/hurricane
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit with supplies for at least three days, including food, water, medications, important documents, clothing, a crank radio, back-up chargers for phones, etc. Find a full list here: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family
  • Set up your emergency communications plan NOW, while communications are still up.

HOW TO HELP: VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross depends on local Red Cross and community volunteers for disaster response. If you are interested in helping us respond to those impacted by weather events, it is important to sign up now and complete training so that you are ready to help your community when the need arises. Visit redcross.org to complete a volunteer application.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, a United Way agency, 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 @TXGulfCoast_ARC. 

 

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