Disaster Emergency Supply Drive Through in Orange County TX
In the Central and South Texas Red Cross region we have 71
trained Red Cross workers, out of 900 Red Cross volunteers and
staff responding to Hurricane Laura. Our job has been to assist
the state in sheltering evacuees. Safely in the face of
COVID-19. Bexar, Travis, Hays, Williamson, and Bell
Counties, sheltered about 6000 evacuees. This was spread across
roughly 30 hotels during the peek of the evacuation. Across the
operation sheltering was in the range of 14,000 people (Thursday
The effort is shrinking rapidly. We are now supporting folks
returning to their homes in areas where it is safe to do so.
(Starting yesterday in the Capital area and today in the San
Last night there were roughly 100 folks left at the Convention Center in Austin - where TDEM with Red Cross assistance is sheltering the folks from counties where we are still working out safe sheltering closer to home. With 88,000 locations still without Power and with Heat indexes over 100 degrees, we need to ensure that safe shelter closer to home is available. Red Cross in conjunction with county emergency managers are working to get these locations ready closer to home for folks that evacuated to locations across Texas.
Pam Harris is a Red Cross volunteer doing Damage
Assessment in the impact area.
In impacted areas Red Cross folks are beginning the work of
Detailed Damage Assessment. At this point it looks like as many
as 8,000 homes may have been destroyed or have major damage.
Special thanks to operators Hector KG5OTM, Ray AE5HN, and Edward KD5JUM, who have jumped in to help in CSTR TX Region.
It takes many organizations, businesses, government, and
volunteer organizations to respond to a disaster of this size.
Red Cross is only a part of this overall effort.
Thank to Michael KG5RXG and Jeff KE5FGA for keeping me apprised
of standby and response capability of ARES in STX section.
Thank all of you for being our good disaster relief partners since 1935!