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State of Texas
American Red Cross
News Release
Thursday, January 26, 2012

Red Cross Responds to Severe Weather Emergencies Across Region 

AUSTIN, Texas — The American Red Cross is assisting families affected by flooding, fires, and storm damage across the 48-county Central Texas Region in the wake of yesterday’s severe weather. Volunteers and staff responded to 11 separate disaster incidents including single and multi-family homes. Those responses include:

•       Flooding damage to 4 duplexes and 1 home in Cedar Creek , TX

•       Tornado damage to 2 homes in Caldwell, TX

•       Duplex fire in Lockhart, TX

•       House fire in Lockhart, TX

•       Flooding damage to multi-family dwelling in Caldwell County, TX

•       House fire in Marlin, TX

•       Flood damage to 1 home in Bedias, TX

•       Wind damage to 2 homes in Giddings, TX

•       Flood damage to 1 home in Austin, TX

Today the Red Cross continues its work, with volunteers in the field assessing damage associated with a possible tornado touchdown in Austin, TX.

“In the days and weeks to come, the American Red Cross Central Texas Region will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by yesterday’s storms get back on their feet,” said Regional CEO Marty McKellips. “The Red Cross is here to help those affected by the storm.”

American Red Cross thunderstorm, flood and tornado safety information is always available online through To help victims of disasters like these or to become a Red Cross volunteer, visit       

Central Texans who wish to make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross Central Texas Region can call 800-928-4271, send a financial contribution to 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin, TX  78723 or make a secure online donation at  For information on Red Cross services or volunteer opportunities please call 800-928-4271 or visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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