The American Red Cross could spend nearly $2 million on Beryl’s relief efforts

SAN ANTONIO – Relief efforts for Beryl victims have already begun. The American Red Cross of Central and South Texas expects to spend nearly $2 million to help Texans before, during and after the storm.

Much of the aid is coming from local sources, with the American Red Cross bringing over 300 volunteers from across the country to Southeast Texas.

According to Daniel Martinez, executive director of the American Red Cross, about 100 volunteers and 11 truckloads of supplies are from the Central and South Texas region and are on site to help communities with whatever they need.

Volunteers will “drive our emergency vehicles and do damage assessments,” Martinez said. “We have volunteers helping with mental health care and pastoral care, and then we just have individuals saying, ‘You know what, I’m here. Tell me what we can do.'”

Martinez wants to spread the word in Texas about the Red Cross’ mobile app designed to help people during storms like Beryl. He said it’s a valuable tool that works even when cell reception isn’t available.

“It shows not only the resources in terms of housing, but a lot of resources,” Martinez said. “We have stay kits and go kits.”

The effects of Beryl are already being felt along the Texas coast. After Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Refugio County Judge Jhiela Poynter said this was the expectation for coastal residents:

“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst,” Poynter said.

Red Cross emergency shelters are located in Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, along the coast and as far west as Laredo.

American Red Cross emergency shelters available

Location address opening hours
Bayside Community Church 25080 TX-172 Port Lavaca, TX 67979 Open 24 hours
Bloomington Elementary School 200 N Leonard Bloomington, TX 77951 Open 24 hours
FEMA dome of HM King Early College High School 2210 Brahma Blvd Kingsville, TX 78363 24 hour standby
Hempstead Recreation Center 635 US 290 BUS Hempstead, TX 77445 Open 24 hours
LBJ 9th Grade Campus 5511 St. Luke Blvd. Loredo, TX 78046 Open 24 hours
FEMA dome at St. Joseph High School 110 E. Red River St Victoria, TX 78046 Open 24 hours

Both Martinez and Poynter said it is better to seek shelter sooner rather than later.

“Refugio County is an evacuation district,” Poynter said. “That’s because we’re on the coast and we’re small and we don’t have any shelter. That means if something were to happen to the person who wants to stay home, we can’t house them. We can’t feed them.”

The Red Cross is ready to provide shelter and food to any Texan who needs it, and the Salvation Army is also ready to provide food to thousands of Texans.

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