The Red Cross is helping Texans 24/7 through storm damage, power outages and dangerous heat

The Red Cross is helping Texans 24/7 through storm damage, power outages and dangerous heat

Focus on bringing help to the hands of those who need it

Following the devastating Hurricane Beryl, the American Red Cross is working around the clock with government officials and community partners in Texas to provide comfort, support and emergency assistance where it is needed most.

“The Red Cross has been anticipating and preparing for Beryl for nearly a week, and we are honored to join our government and community partners in supporting Texans,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the American Red Cross. “Collaboration among disaster responders is more important than ever as the sustained pace of extreme weather continues to worsen and the window of time we have to prepare for major storms shortens.”

The threat of this storm is not over yet. More than 2.3 million customers are without power as dangerously high temperatures smother southeast Texas, and it could take days, even weeks, for power to be restored. This could create a dangerous situation as people evacuate their homes without power or air conditioning. Additionally, tornadoes are possible in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, and heavy rains could cause flooding in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

RED CROSS RESPONSE Prior to Beryl, the Red Cross had deployed some 400 trained disaster responders from across the country, along with dozens of emergency vehicles and thousands of supplies and ready-to-eat meals. Now, volunteers are focused on delivering aid to those in need.

Access to many areas is still quite difficult. The highest priorities are to keep people safe, while providing shelter, food and a shoulder to lean on. Services will be expanded to more communities as officials say it is safe to do so.

Red Cross volunteers will also help assess damage to homes in affected communities. This work will help to better understand what assistance families may need in the coming days and weeks. Meanwhile, the Red Cross is preparing to respond if necessary, as the storm’s remnants could cause flooding in areas from Arkansas to Michigan.

BE SAFE Listen to the advice of emergency responders and evacuate if instructed to do so. The Red Cross and partners have shelters open to provide safe shelter during flooding, power outages, and heat. Anyone who needs a safe place to stay or a meal can find shelter information at redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Red Cross shelters are open to anyone who needs them, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability or citizenship status. We do not ask people to show identification to enter a shelter — just their name and where they lived before the disaster.

If possible, people planning to stay in a shelter are encouraged to bring prescribed medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene products, other comfort items, and important documents. Don’t forget to bring special items for children, such as diapers, formula, and toys, or for family members with unique needs.

Every effort is made to accommodate service dogs and domesticated pets comfortably in our shelters. Sometimes, depending on the situation, pets need to be housed in another location with the support of local partners.

YOU CAN HELP Click, text or call to support Red Cross Disaster Relief and help people affected by disasters such as storms, fires and countless other crises. Visit redcross.orgTo make a $10 donation, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters large and small.

For those interested in helping those specifically affected by the recent storm, we ask that you write “Hurricane Beryl” on the memo line of a check and include it with a completed donation form to the address on the form or to their local Red Cross branch. You can find the donation form at redcross.org/donate.

CARIBBEAN RESPONSE Beryl had a severe impact on people in the Caribbean, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Barbados and Jamaica. The losses on the islands are enormous and there is an urgent need for safe shelter and basic services.

Local Red Cross societies are currently leading the response efforts in each country. They are conducting rapid assessments, providing shelter for evacuees and have mobilized emergency relief supplies on the islands. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its global Red Cross partners are also supporting the emergency relief efforts.

The American Red Cross has sent international emergency responders to Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica to support those affected by Hurricane Beryl in the Caribbean. These highly trained emergency responders are lending skills such as information management and operational leadership and are supporting relief efforts on the ground alongside local Red Cross teams.

Local Red Cross teams continue to face major challenges in reaching affected areas and providing life-saving aid. Hygiene kits, cleaning kits, tool kits, kitchen sets, tarpaulins, blankets and mosquito nets have already been sent to the worst-affected islands to meet the immediate needs of the affected population.

Annual Emergency Response Programme (ADGP)) Thanks to the generosity of our American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder members, the American Red Cross is prepared before disaster strikes. ADGP and Disaster Responder members help secure a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, allowing the Red Cross to respond immediately and meet the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster, regardless of cost.

ADGP $1M Members: Amazon; American Airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; CMA CGM Foundation; Costco Wholesale; Delta Air Lines; Elevance Health Foundation; Enterprise Mobility Foundation; FedEx; Lilly Endowment Inc.; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; McDonald’s Corporation; Merck; Microsoft; Nationwide Foundation; The Pfizer Foundation; The Starbucks Foundation; State Farm; Takeda; Truist Foundation; VSP Vision; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; Wells Fargo

ADGP $500k Members: Altria Group; American Express; Aon; Bread Financial; Capital One; Chick-fil-A; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Danaher Foundation; Darden Foundation; Delta Dental; DHL Supply Chain; Edison International; Energy Transfer/Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Google.org; HCA Healthcare; The Home Depot Foundation; The J.M. Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; The Kraft Heinz Company Foundation; The Kroger Co. Foundation; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Mastercard; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Paul Davis Restoration; PayPal; PepsiCo Foundation; PetSmart Charities; Salesforce; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stryker; Target; The TJX Companies, Inc.; Toyota; United Airlines; UPS; USAA; US Bank Foundation; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; The Wawa Foundation; Wesco; Sweets

Members of the disaster management service: 7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; The AES Corporation; ALDI; American Tire Distributors; American Water Charitable Foundation; Ameriprise Financial; Insurer; AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Avangrid Foundation; Barclays; Bath & Body Works; Big 5 Sporting Goods; Build-A-Bear Foundation; Canadian National Railroad Association; CarMax; CDW; Charles Schwab Foundation; Cisco Foundation; CNA Insurance; Coca-Cola Foundation; Deluxe Foundation; DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation; Discover; Dollar General; Dollar Tree and Family Dollar; Duke Energy; Equitable; FirstEnergy Corporation; Harbor Freight Tools, LLC Foundation; Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation; HP Foundation; International Paper; Invitation Homes; Neat Dr Pepper; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; L’Oréal; Labcorp Charitable Foundation; Lenovo Foundation; LKQ; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Macy’s, Inc.; Major League Baseball; Marathon Petroleum Corporation; Martin Marietta; Mask; Mattress company; McKesson Foundation; MetLife Foundation; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc.; Norfolk Southern; Northrop Grumman Foundation; Northwestern Mutual; Novartis; Old Dominion Freight Line; Pacific Life Foundation; Phillips 66; Prudential; Raymond James; RBC Foundation USA; Reckitt; Reliance, Inc.; Reynolds American Inc.; RTX; Ryder System, Inc.; Santander; Security Finance’s Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow; Southwest Airlines; Stanley Black & Decker; Stephen’s Inc.; Tata Consultancy Services; U-Haul International; Ulta Beauty; US Foods; Yum! Brands; Zurich