The American Red Cross is working vigorously to aid the people in Oklahoma after Monday’s devastating tornadoes. They have begun to provide shelters, food, water and supplies, with more workers, supplies and equipment steadily moving into the area today.
“Our thoughts and sympathy are with all those impacted by these horrific tornadoes,” said Trevor Riggen, vice president of Disaster Operations and Logistics for the Red Cross. “Specialized Red Cross disaster teams are helping now and will be helping for weeks to come as people in Oklahoma recover from these storms.”
Deploying almost 30 emergency response vehicles to distribute food and relief supplies, The Red Cross is continuously on alert. Two Southern Baptist Convention kitchens and kitchen support trailers will join the relief effort with the ability to serve tens of thousands of meals a day.
Emergency aid stations will open where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health services and information about what help is available. The Red Cross is also aiding first responders, working with local and state officials to make sure people get the help they need. Meanwhile, the Red Cross continues to provide shelter in Shawnee and other parts of the Oklahoma City area following storms over the weekend.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will appear on you next phone bill, or visit you loval American Red Cross Chapter. Our local Kerr County Chapter is located on Earl Garrett street across from the Kerr County Courthouse. These donations help provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.
BLOOD SUPPLIES The Red Cross stands ready to help meet the blood needs of patients in and around Oklahoma City if needed, and there is currently enough blood on the shelves to meet patient demands. The Red Cross is a secondary supplier of blood products to hospitals in the affected area in Oklahoma. People with type O negative blood are encouraged to give blood when they are able. All eligible blood donors can schedule an appointment to give in the days and weeks ahead by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or visiting www.redcrossblood.org to help ensure blood is available when people need it.