Disaster Relief Donations
: Financial contributions to Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to servevictims of nearly 70,000 disasters, anywhere, anytime. Every 8 minutes, the American Red Crosshelps a family affected by a home fire or other disaster like a tornado or flood
each onedevastating to the people involved. While big, well-publicized wildfires and hurricanes oftenbring millions into the Red Cross, small and medium-sized disasters often do not. The Red Crossencourage donations to Disaster Relief because undesignated donations allow us to helpdisaster victims, anywhere, anytime.
: Less than a handful of disasters each year in Texas receive enoughmedia coverage to spark the public to designate funds to that particular disaster. Donationsdesignated for a specific disaster are the first dollars used for that disaster. On rare occasions, if there are funds remaining, they will be used to serve people affected by other disasters. Thishas been Red Cross donor policy for a number of years.
: The Red Cross is a part of local Texas communities before, during and afterdisasters. That is the case yesterday, today, tomorrow and will continue well into the future.This local presence means that the Red Cross can spring into immediate action when anemergency occurs, such as a fertilizer plant blowing up or an EF-4 tornado ripping through asmall town. Our first priority is to get people the help they need. Shelters are opened. RedCross relief vehicles make their way up and down streets for days handing out food and relief items. Red Cross health and mental health workers canvass neighborhoods checking on thewell-being of residents. Next, we help families get back on their feet, which takes more timeand is less visible than shelters and food trucks.For example, Red Cross workers meet one-on-one with families to connect them to socialservice programs and housing solutions. We help people fill out important paperwork or findchild care resources. This support involves going family to family assessing needs andidentifying solutions -
and this takes time. It’s also not as easy to see this type of service, but it’s
just as critical to the recovery of both the families and the community.
If anyone impacted by the recent disasters still needs help, contact us at 1-800-RED CROSS.
For locations that don’t have a permanent Red Cross office, such as in West, Texas, the
American Red Cross established a temporary headquarters at the First United MethodistChurch in West, Texas and operated from that facility for more than three consecutive weeks.Today, Red Cross services remain available at the Long Term Recovery Center in West, 218 N.Main, West, Texas 76691, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or the Red Cross office in Waco at 254-523-4985.
Long Term Recovery
: It only takes minutes for a tornado to wipe out a town, but it takes yearsto put that town back together. After large-scale disasters, affected families could have needsfor years to come.To help recovery efforts, long-term planning groups come together to identify any unmetdisaster needs. These groups can be made up of dozens of non-profit groups, government