Red Cross Opens Multiple Shelters in Response to Rising Water 

Date:

Thursday, May 2, 2024- The American Red Cross opened shelters in Liberty, Polk, and San Jacinto Counties in response to the recent flooding due to rain and the rising waters around the rivers. 

“This flooding is affecting many of our communities,” Shawn Schulze, Regional Chief Executive Officer, of Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross said. “The work that our Texas Gulf Coast Red Cross teams and partners are doing is ensuring that each struggling family has a warm meal, a safe place to sleep, and a ton of hope, comfort, and care!” 

Open Shelters: 

HARRIS COUNTY
Philippian’s New Faith Baptist Church
7858 Angus Street
Houston, TX 77028 

LIBERTY COUNTY
Calvary Baptist Church
816 N Blair Ave
Cleveland, TX 77327

POLK COUNTY 
Dunbar Gym
1103 Dunbar Street
Livingston, TX 77351 

SAN JACINTO COUNTY 
San Jacinto County Disaster Shelter
255 Live Oak

Coldspring, TX 77331

To find a shelter, visit redcross.org/shelter, check the Red Cross Emergency App, or call 1 800-RED CROSS.  

Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, important documents, and other comfort items. They should also include any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, and durable medical equipment and/or assistive technology if applicable. While the Red Cross can provide medical equipment and/or assistive technology loaners, it may take a little time depending on the inventory on hand and the availability of delivery systems to get them to the shelter. 

How to help
We know people are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Our first priority is to provide shelter and support to those affected, and financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to those who need it most. Your financial donation to the Red Cross helps provide shelter, meals, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning, and other assistance during disasters like this. Visit redcross.org/donate to make a donation or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support disaster relief.


FLOODING SAFETY

  • Turn around, don’t drown! Stay off the roads. If you must drive and you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way.
  • If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
  • Tune into your local radio, NOAA radio, or news channels for the latest updates. If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, prepare to evacuate quickly if necessary. Follow evacuation orders and don’t return until officials say it is safe.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. Beware of snakes, insects, and other animals that may be in or around floodwaters and your home.
  • Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwaters.
  • If power lines are down, don’t step into puddles or standing water.

DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP  Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to find shelter information and weather and emergency alerts for more than 35 different situations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps

About the American Red Cross:   

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members, and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.  

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