Red Cross opens shelters to help flood victims


FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – The Fort Bend County Emergency Operations Center will hold a news conference Thursday to discuss the latest flooding concerns.

The conference will take place at 2 p.m.

The American Red Cross opened a new shelter at River Pointe Church in Fort Bend County Wednesday.

The Red Cross began distributing essential supplies such as clean-up kits, tarps, rakes and personal hygiene supplies at the First Baptist Church in Richmond and Shepherd Community Center in Shepherd.

The full list of shelters and addresses is below:

St. John Lutheran Church, 520 North Holland Bellville, TX, 77418

Christ Lutheran Church, 86 Plantation Drive, Lake Jackson, TX, 77566

First Baptist Church, 502 S. 5th St, Richmond, TX, 77469
River Pointe Church, 5000 Ransom Rd., Richmond, TX 77469
New Light Christian Church, 1535 Greens Mark, Houston, TX, 77067 

Calvary Baptist Church, 816 North Blair Ave, Cleveland, TX 77327

First United Methodist Church, 4308 West Davis, Conroe, TX 77304

Shepherd Community Center, 10251 Hwy 150, Shepherd, TX, 77371

True Vine Baptist Church, 26 US Hwy 69, Doucette, TX 75942

Bible Fellowship Baptist Church, 1214 FM 359 Brookshire, TX, 77423

Boys and Girls Club, 2120 Newton St, Wharton, TX, 77488

These shelters will be open 24 hours a day, providing a warm, dry place to stay, food and emotional
support for area residents who are not able to remain at their homes due to storms and flooding.

WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER: Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring the following essential items for each member of the family:

• Prescription and emergency medications
• Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
• Identification and important personal documents
• Extra clothing, towels, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
• Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
• Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
• Certified service animals are permitted. 

PETS: The SPCA has partnered with the American Red Cross to help the pets of those seeking shelter. The SPCA will provide a Pet Setup for the pet of an owner who seeks shelter at an American Red Cross shelter. A setup includes a cage kennel, food and water bowls, and pet food. Thanks to the SPCA, dogs and cats are welcome at American Red Cross Shelters. 

FOR HELP: Those with flood-related needs are urged to call the American Red Cross at 1-866-526-8300 - option 1.

TO DONATE: Those who wish to donate to flood relief may do so at redcross.org/donate.

TO VOLUNTEER: Every single day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies. Whether it's one displaced family, thousands of disaster victims, or providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran or support to a military family member, our vital work is made possible by people like you. It is through the time and care of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things. Sign up today at redcross.org