Texas: Greater Houston Area Red Cross Opens Shelters for Hurricane Ike Victims Unable to Return Home

By Heidi VanderVelde

The following shelters are now open:

Sugar Land First United Methodist Church
431 Eldridge
Sugarland, Texas 77481

First Assembly Church
601 S. Market St.
Brazoria, Texas 77422

Lindale Assembly of God
504 Caplin
Houston, Texas 77022

Richey Street Baptist Church
1010 S. Richey
Pasadena, Texas 77506

Family Faith Church
2407 Sam Houston Ave.
Huntsville, Texas 77320

Johnson Coliseum
Sam Houston State University
1964 Bobby K. Marks
Huntsville, Texas 77320

Huntsville High School
650 FM 2821 E.
Huntsville, Texas 77320

For current Shelter List information go to www.houstonredcross.org and 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

People coming to Red Cross shelters should bring: Pillows and bedding; diapers and formula for your children; prescription medicines; toiletries; food to meet any special dietary needs they may have. These current shelters can not accommodate pets.

To help people reconnect after a disaster, we encourage evacuees to register with the Red Cross website Safe and Well, www.safeandwell.org. Evacuees’ friends and family can check the website and know they are safe.

Earlier today forty-eight Emergency Response Vehicles, from Red Cross Chapters nationwide, came to Houston to assist with delivering food and water to shelters and later on, to neighborhoods and distribution points. Mobile Feeding Kitchens will be set up within the next day or two in affected communities.

Red Cross damage assessment teams today drove through five affected communities to determine the extent of the storm damage. They are surveying damage in: City of Galveston, League City, Texas City, Deer Park and La Porte. Knowing how many homes are extensively damaged or destroyed helps the Red Cross estimate how much shelter space and food is needed.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

Source: “GREATER HOUSTON AREA RED CROSS OPENS SHELTERS FOR RESIDENTS WHOSE HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IKE.”  Greater Houston Red Cross.

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