[stxares] Central and South Texas Red Cross Update Hurricane Laura (09/04/20)
ARES Operators, Quick update. I am now
reporting to the HQ for the DR which is located in Orange County
TX. But still responsible for technology in the Central and
South Texas area.
As of this evening there were still 7K folks on the Texas side of
the border with power issues. (see https://poweroutage.us/)
Between Austin and San Antonio we were sheltering roughly 1000
folks (Down from 5200 at the peak). Most from areas like
Galveston were able to go home quickly. Progress has been slower
in impact areas. Damage in Louisiana is said to be more severe.
In Texas more than 380 homes were major damage or destroyed. We
are working in partnership with the state, and we will continue to
shelter folks until it is safe for them to return home.
Sheltering is also going on in Dallas Fort Worth area, the Houston
area, and in locations closer to the impact area where power and
infrastructure is available to support them. We are trying to use
Hotels as much as possible for COVID-19 Safety.
1400 trained Red Cross workers are on the job, and as we switch
from response to recovery we are focusing increasingly on Mobile
Feeding and distribution emergency supplies. (about 47,000 - e.g.
cleaning supplies, ...)
And Fixed and Mobile Feeding (110,000 Meals and snacks so far)
There has been great demand for Disaster Mental Health, Disaster
Health Services, and Spiritual Care.
Folks from affected areas (eligible counties or parishes) can
get shelter assistance by calling 1-888-991-5229
And other resources are available from 1-800-RED-CROSS and
Shout out to Ron N5SBN - EC for Brazos County, sent me a great note from Baton Rouge where he is driving an Emergency Response Vehicle for the relief effort.
As always feel free to reach out to me if you become aware of an unmet need.
On 8/29/2020 12:45 PM, Kevin McCoy KF5FUZ via groups.io wrote: