The American Red Cross continues to care and comfort residents in two open shelters, and is assessing damage and plans for the days and weeks ahead. Following is an update on relief efforts as of 10 a.m. CST:
The South Plains Regional Chapter has not received volunteer requests for North Texas Tornado Relief Operations.
So far there have been 16 confirmed tornadoes touched down in six counties within the North Texas Region, with the largest confirmed as an EF-4 in Hood County which is located southwest of Fort Worth, Texas. Relief operations have begun focusing on immediate humanitarian mass care (Activities include providing temporary shelter, food, medical care, clothing, and other essential life support needs to the people who have been displaced because of a disaster or threatened disaster), health and emotional needs.
Please note that Governor Perry and a Congressmen is expected to visit the areas today.
Two shelters remain open for tornado victims who need a safe place to stay. The locations that are open are:
First Christian Church
2109 West Highway 377
Cleburne Senior Center
Red Cross teams spent the bulk of the day yesterday assessing damage across the area. At this time, the American Red Cross has 336 homes that have been affected by the tornado outbreak: 30 destroyed, 41 with major damage, 72 with minor damage and 193 with impact. Damage assessment will continue in the days and weeks ahead.
The Red Cross is planning to distribute needed relief items for clean-up over the weekend. Relief items can include things like shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags and more. Areas will be established in the neighborhood so that residents can pick up their supplies near their homes.
The Red Cross will be working with community partners across the area to ensure that families get what they need to help in their recovery. Additional services will be announced as they are needed.
Community Organizations Collecting Items (please note these are not Red Cross locations, but locations where the community can drop off items. Any questions about what is needed should be directed to the organizations listed below)
Salvation Army Cleburne
111. S. Anglin Street
1310 Weatherford Highway
Granbury, TX 76048
Help those affected by this tornado and other countless disasters across the country, such as floods and wildfires, by making a donation in support of American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a donation, call 806-765-8534, visit redcross.org or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a one-time $10 donation.
Contributions may also be sent to the South Plains Regional Chapter, 2201 19th Street, Lubbock TX 79424.