North Texas areas, including Hood and Parker counties, have received heavy rainfall and experienced widespread flooding over the last several days. Thunderstorms resulting in additional flooding are predicted to continue through Saturday. The American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to prepare for weather events in their community.
“The grounds are already saturated, so communities are even more susceptible to flooding in this next round of storms,” Keith Rhodes, American Red Cross Chief Executive Officer said. “Downloading the American Red Cross Emergency App will help provide tips on how to keep you and your family safe in real-time.”
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The Red Cross is already on the ground helping families impacted by flooding over the last several days. Shelters are open in Hood and Parker counties for anyone who needs a safe place to stay. All Red Cross services are free and available to everyone.
- Hood County Shelter 600 West Bridge Street, Granbury, TX
- Parker County Shelter Spring Creek Baptist Church, 100 Spring Creek Road, Weatherford, TX
- For additional shelter information or for general inquiries, call 1-800-Red Cross or click on www.redcross.org.
As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:
- Downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App to your mobile device. The Red Cross emergency app sends location-based flood and flash flood watches and warning alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The app includes an “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know you are okay, and a real-time map to help you find the location of Red Cross shelters should you need to leave your home. The app has a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visiting redcross.org/apps.
- Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Keep children and pets out of the water, as they are curious and can be harmed by flowing or contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
For more information on what to do before, during and after a flood, please visit redcross.org/prepare/ disaster/flood.
HOW TO HELP To make a financial donation, click on redcross.org/donate, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 or call 1-800-REDCROSS. To volunteer, visit redcross.org/volunteer to sign up and get started.
You can also follow the North Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross on Twitter at @RedCrossDFW, contact the North Texas Chapter at 817-335-9137, visit RedCross.org/DFW or call 1-800-REDCROSS. We urge you to share these Red Cross flood preparedness tips with every member of your household, because the best protection is to be prepared ahead of time.