10,000 Texans in Despair After Returning to Coastal Areas
American Red Cross Workers Prepared to Offer Help for Months to Come
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – The numbers are staggering. Some 4,000 homes along the Texas Gulf Coast were destroyed by Hurricane Ike, leaving more than 10,000 Texans wondering what to do next.
Many residents returned to the hurricane ravaged area for the first time yesterday, only to be met with scenes of devastation that even a good Hollywood movie couldn’t rival. What wasn’t leveled by the storm is beyond repair, including area hospitals, gasoline stations and grocery stores.
The immediate job for the American Red Cross and its partner agencies is to meet the basic needs for survival: safe shelter, daily meals, bottled water, hygiene supplies and more.
This need is expected to last for up to three months as people seek long-term housing solutions. So far, more than 260 shelters have stood up across the state with more than 3,000 people still sleeping at Red Cross shelters. Additional shelters are being established to allow families to move closer to their homes.
On top of meeting basic survival needs, the American Red Cross is also helping families begin to clear away the debris by distributing nearly 60,000 clean-up kits which contain critical items such as bleach, mops, squeegees, buckets, latex gloves and more.
The American Red Cross is committed to the people of Texas by running shelters for as long as needed, providing emotional support and basic health services and to assist families in accessing services from the Red Cross and other agencies for the long-term.
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