Tennessee Red Crossers continue to deploy to areas where help is needed most: Texas and the province of Alberta in Canada.
In Texas, significant rainfall and devastating flooding has once again hit the state. Some parts of the state had 19 inches of rain over the holiday weekend. As of this weekend, nine Tennessee Red Crossers joined the nearly 300 Red Cross volunteers who are providing shelter, meals, health services, and emotional support to those affected by the disaster.
The Red Cross has opened or is supporting 15 shelters in Texas to help people forced from their homes by ongoing mandatory evacuations. Flooding is expected to continue over the next several days, and the Red Cross is monitoring the ongoing threat of severe weather and setting up in areas that are likely to be hit by the next onslaught of bad weather. For more information on the latest in Texas, visit here.
And in Alberta, Canada, four Tennessee volunteers have joined American and Canadian Red Crossers in assisting those affected by the massive wildfire there. As evacuated residents of Fort McMurray begin to return to their homes tomorrow, hundreds of people are getting ready to welcome them back: first responders, cleanup crews, service providers, Red Cross volunteers, and others.
Bob Wallace, lead public affairs volunteer from the Mid-South chapter, has been writing about his deployment to Alberta and taking photos. We'll be sharing some of his posts this week.
To help those affected by the disasters in Texas and Alberta, donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.