Maui Red Cross Workers Deploy to Texas Flood Areas
Two Hawaiʻi Red Cross volunteers from Maui are deploying to Texas to help with the Red Cross response to devastating floods in the region.
Trina Shepherd, who will be deploying Wednesday morning, will be assisting in Disaster Mental Health Services and Elaine Olson, who will be deploying Wednesday evening, will be assisting in Disaster Service Technology.
Since the beginning of the year, the Red Cross reports that numerous storms have ravaged Texas, displacing thousands of families and devastating homes and businesses.
Some parts of Texas have already received as much as 19 inches of rain. Weather experts predict flooding will continue for several more days. A total of 119 people spent Monday night in 15 shelters in Texas and that number could grow as mandatory evacuations continue. Emergency officials estimate that some 6,000 homes may be affected.
Fifteen shelters were opened in the affected areas and volunteers are helping to assess the damage.
The Red Cross is also providing meals in coordination with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and other local partners. Red Cross volunteers will also be delivering relief supplies as soon as it is safe to do so.
The Red Cross is monitoring the ongoing threat for more flooding and is setting up in areas that are likely to be hit by the next onslaught of bad weather later this week.
“Texas has been having a tough year. Disasters first hit the area as the year began and again in March, April and earlier this month,” said Coralie Chun Matayoshi, CEO of the Hawaiʻi Red Cross.
“Many families have suffered repeated loss from several floods just this year alone. Red Cross workers from all over the country, including volunteers from Hawaiʻi, have been helping from day one and will remain in the affected communities in the weeks and months ahead to make sure people get the help they need,” said Matayoshi.
HOW TO HELP:
You can help people affected by the Texas Floods and Tornadoes by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word TXFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Texas Floods and Tornadoes will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters.