Our local Red Cross is on standby to be deployed Oklahoma if needed. Many of the North Texas Region volunteers are in Granbury and Cleburn helping with the cleanup from those tornadoes.
With resources being used there, and the threat of future severe weather in Texas Monday night and Tuesday, our local Red Cross will not be deploying immediately, in case they are needed closer to home.
Once that severe weather dies down they could be headed to help in Oklahoma over the next few days.
Shannon Smith, Executive Director of the South Plains Regional Chapter of the American Red Cross, released this statement on Monday night:
On behalf of the American Red Cross, our hearts and thoughts are with the residents of Moore, Oklahoma. As recovery begins, the American Red Cross is comforting distraught family members and displaced residents.
As of 9pm, the Red Cross has announced that:
• 42 Emergency Response Vehicles have been activated
• Shelters are currently being opened in Moore
• A Kitchen Support Trailer is en-route
• Mass canteening support is currently being provided at staging areas in Moore
• Safe and Well is activated
The Red Cross Safe and Well secure website is a way to let your loved ones know you are safe. To register, visit www.redcross.org and click on the "List Yourself or Search Registrants" link under "How to Get Help".
People in the affected areas can list themselves as "safe and well" on the site. Friends and family outside the disaster area can then search for messages from their loved ones by using a pre-disaster phone number or complete address.
Disaster victims can also update their Facebook and Twitter status through the Safe and Well website.
From a smart phone, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell and click on the "List Yourself as Safe and Well" or "Search for friends and family" link.
As clean-up efforts continue in Granbury, Texas, it is important that Red Cross has volunteers to respond with "boots on the ground," here locally, within the North Texas Region. As needs may change, local Red Cross volunteers are anxious and prepared to deploy and help in Moore County. If this should change, you will be notified immediately.
Many people want to help and make a difference. Community members are encouraged to do so by making a monetary donation to Disaster Relief Efforts. These donations allows the Red Cross to provide blankets, shelter, meals, snacks, mental health workers and much more, as needs are determined. Contributions can be given online at redcross.org; by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a one-time gift of $10 and mailed or hand-delivered to the South Plains Regional Chapter, 2201 19th Street, Lubbock TX 79401.
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