American Red Cross is seeing low shelter usage in the RGV but keeping them open

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LA FERIA, Texas — Despite Hurricane Hanna leaving thousands without a roof or power, the American Red Cross said only over 300 residents have sought help.

” Maybe they don’t want to leave their homes because it’s their homes they are comfortable there.
We can’t force people to come we can just have them available and we do ,” said spokesperson Ekland Durousseau.

Even though there’s a low number of residents seeking shelter, the two shelters set up in the Valley will remain open as needed.

“We’re in Cameron County in La Feria at the South Main FEMA Community Safe Room. In Hidalgo County we’re in Edcouch High School,” she added.

While the Red Cross mission remains sheltering those in need, they’re now in the process of assessing property damage.

“We have damages assessment teams that are out and about from Kingsville to the RGV taking pictures and making notes. Well have that information for our databases but will share with agency partners,” Durousseau added.

She said these assessments will help determine the level of need in the community for the distribution of emergency supplies.

“We will be gathering things like shovels, clean up kits with bleach, mops, soap. We’re talking to our partners at the county and cities to determine where those high areas of need are or under served communities.”

The organization can also help with resources you may need down the road.

‘”We have partners that are long term recovery specialist and we can connect them with those partners that can help them with longer-term needs,” she said

For more information on sheltering and other free services call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

To sign up to be a volunteer visit www.redcross.org.

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