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Red Cross opens shelter in Bridge City to assist Southeast Texans impacted by tornadoes

Red Cross workers are prepared to provide warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs.

BRIDGE CITY, Texas — The American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region opened an emergency shelter Wednesday to assist those impacted by the severe weather that hit Southeast Texas. 

The shelter opens Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Bridge Point Fellowship Overflow in Bridge City at 9 p.m.

Red Cross workers are prepared to provide warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs, according to a news release by the American Red Cross. 

Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents 
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

DOWNLOAD RED CROSS EMERGENCY APP: Have safety and first aid information at your fingertips. The emergency app features weather alerts, information on open Red Cross shelters, a toolkit with a flashlight, strobe light and alarm, and a one-touch “I’m Safe” button that lets you use social media outlets to let family and friends know you are okay. The apps include a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visiting redcross.org/apps.

STAY INFORMED: The Red Cross has several smartphone apps available that will alert you to National Weather Service warnings for severe weather and flash flooding and provide you with preparedness and safety information. These free apps are available at redcross.org/apps.

VOLUNTEERING: The Texas Gulf Coast Region of the American Red Cross is fortunate to have volunteers who are trained, ready and willing to support our response to flooding in our communities. We thank individuals and community groups who are willing to support this effort and encourage them to register to become new volunteers to help with future disaster responses. Learn more and register online at redcross.org/volunteer and complete the online application. If you are interested in volunteering for the Pasadena Tornado, please email TGCRVolunteers@redcross.org

HOW YOU CAN HELP: The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have four hours a month or four hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.

Help people affected by disasters like severe storms, hurricanes and countless other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Please consider making a donation today. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

LEARN MORE:  For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast on Twitter: @RedCrossTXGC | Facebook: @RedCrossTXGC  | LinkedIn: American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region. You can also contact the Greater Houston Chapter at (713) 526-8300. 

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