Red Cross Responding

The American Red Cross continues to serve East Texas communities as they work to recover from Hurricane Laura. Overnight, estimates indicate more than 160 people sought refuge in five Red Cross and partner supported shelters in eastern Texas Wednesday night.Within the Texas Gulf Coast, more than 300 virtual and in-person Red Cross workers have mobilized to support affected communities.Damage assessment teams prepare to canvas affected neighborhoods as flooded and blocked roadways become passable and volunteers prepare clean-up supplies such as bleach, mops, gloves, rakes and shovels to support affected residents.Shelters remain open for communities affected by flooding, wind damage and power outages. Those with non-emergency flood-related or sheltering needs are urged to call the American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSSOption 4. Service is available in English and Spanish. For up to the minute shelter information visit and select GET HELP. If you don’t have access to a computer or smart phone, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767)

SHELTER INFORMATION Red Cross shelters follow CDC guidelines with social distancing protocols such as limiting populations to 50 or fewer residents, additional space between cots and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices.While coordinating with local officials, a health screening process is in effect for anyone coming into a shelter. Each shelter has been equipped with PPE kits containing masks, gloves, thermometers, gowns, hand sanitizer, etc.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. However, service animals are permitted and may stay with their owner in Red Cross shelters. Partner organizations make every effort to provide pet sheltering close to Red Cross shelters so pet owners can visit their pets frequently. HOW YOU CAN HELP: All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricane Laura. Visit, call 800-RED-CROSS or text the word LAURA to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance. Ensure your donation helps people affected by Hurricane Laura by choosing that option on or 800-RED-CROSS. 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 American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast on Twitter and Facebook @RedCrossTXGC. You can also visit or call 1-800-REDCROSS

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