Friday, May 5, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
I want to update you on our response to last weekend’s severe storms—which devastated hundreds of homes across the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley. We want to make sure everyone stays safe. If you have loved ones or friends in affected areas, please share our free Emergency App with safety tips, shelter locations and severe weather alerts. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Across several states, Red Cross volunteers and staff are working tirelessly to deliver food, shelter and comfort. In Texas, tornadoes flattened neighborhoods, and more than 100 people were rescued from rising waters in Missouri. Powerful winds and floods also ravaged homes in Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.
The needs are dire—and we’re ramping up a big response to help. Since Saturday, we’ve provided more than 700 overnight stays for people seeking refuge in 43 Red Cross and community shelters. We’re also delivering nourishing meals, snacks and comfort kits with necessities like toothbrushes for people who lost so much. In addition, trained workers are offering health services, such as replacing lost prescription medications, and emotional support to help families coping with the trauma of the storms.
As areas become safe to enter, we’ll continue assessing damage to hard-hit neighborhoods like the one below in Texas. We’re also working closely with local partners to address people’s urgent needs and to closely monitor this week’s severe weather threats—which could worsen conditions.
We need your support to continue helping people devastated by disasters like severe storms—and countless other crises that occur every day. Families who live through these traumatic events rely on compassionate individuals like you for relief and hope.
If you want to help today, please contact me at 806-765-8534
American Red Cross
Serving the Texas South Plains