American Red Cross honors 2 Cypress ISD employees for saving life of student athlete during water polo game
Two Cypress Independent School District employees were awarded by the American Red Cross for using their training to save a student athlete’s life during a water polo game in April, according to a release.
Immigrant teens to be housed at Dallas convention center
FILE - In this March 31, 2020 file photo, a leaning sign sits in front of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas. “There’s no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.”Texas Gov. The memo sent to Dallas City Council members says the Federal Emergency Management Agency and HHS will “be responsible for providing shelter management and contracts” for food, security, cleaning, and medical care at the convention center. Dallas previously offered space to HHS during the 2014 surge of crossings of immigrant children. HHS also has said it will house immigrant youths in Midland.
Adjusting your clocks is a great reminder to test your smoke alarms
HOUSTON – Houstonians adjusting their clocks forward this weekend should also be sure smoke alarms are working properly. The American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast region is encouraging Houstonians to test their smoke alarms. A properly working smoke alarm can significantly reduce the risk of fires, officials said. To make sure your smoke alarm is working, do the following:Be sure there is at least one smoke alarm installed on every level of your home, especially near bedrooms and sleeping areas. For more fire safety, visit the American Red Cross website here.
Do you suspect you’ve had COVID-19? Here’s an easy way to get an antibody test and confirm
I’d heard rumblings that you could give blood through the American Red Cross, and they’d test your blood for antibodies. Worth mentioning: The Red Cross says it’s a perfectly safe time to donate, despite COVID-19. How to interpret your resultsMine said: “COVID-19 Test Result: NEGATIVE.” And I blanked for a second, as in, “Negative? Learn more about COVID-19 antibody testing.” (It’s like the Red Cross knows that we’re not all health experts). The Red Cross could use your donation one way or the other.
Coronavirus complicates wildfire evacuations on West Coast
Volunteers wearing disposable masks walked from group to group, taking down their information and asking what they need for the days ahead. Normally, they'd be gathering in school gymnasiums and meeting halls, sleeping on cots and eating at buffet lines, all provided by organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other faith and community groups. When possible, displaced residents are sent to hotels instead of group shelters. In group shelters, staffers are using plastic pipes strung with clear shower curtains to separate evacuees but allow them to see out from their own socially distanced areas. In Oregon, group shelters are set up at churches, colleges and community buildings, while malls, golf courses and other businesses opened parking for evacuees who can stay in recreational vehicles.
Louisiana family with 7 children who evacuated to Houston due to Laura forced to sleep in SUV
HOUSTON – A Louisiana family said they evacuated for Hurricane Laura only to end up living out of their vehicle in Houston. They said they left their information with the American Red Cross and waited, but didn’t hear back. KPRC 2 contacted the American Red Cross and the state of Texas and stayed with the family as they spoke to both the group and the agency. In the end, Thomas said the Red Cross will cover rooms for the night at the hotel where the family was parked. So far, the state of Texas said it has provided more than 10,000 evacuees with more than 3,500 hotel rooms.
LIST: Houston, these are the emergency phone numbers you need to know about ahead of severe weather
HOUSTON Storms can put a strain on emergency helplines across the Houston area. To help avoid issues with accessing emergency services, call 911 only in the case of an emergency. Dont use 911 for any other purpose, including checking the weather or any other weather-related non-emergency need, as doing so can delay help to people who need emergency assistance. However, if you do have an emergency need, call 911 and do not hang up. MORE: LIST: Here is a breakdown of help lines by county.
Lakewood Church to host emergency blood drive as coronavirus pandemic causes shortage
HOUSTON – American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage after many blood drive events were canceled during this coronavirus pandemic. In order to help out, Lakewood Church announced it is hosting an emergency blood drive starting Monday. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is following all heightened CDC recommendations regarding sanitization and safety to provide a clean, safe environment for donation. To register for the blood drive, sign up on the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center website. Register on the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center website
Families displaced after fire spreads to several homes in southeast Houston, officials say
HOUSTON – The American Red Cross is helping families Tuesday night after a fire damaged several homes in southeast Houston. The Houston Fire Department responded to the fire just before 6 p.m. near Avenue C and 76th Street. “She heard a boom in the back garage apartment,” HFD Chief Rochas said of the adult female survivor. When we turned the corner, we saw the column of smoke.”A fire captain was transported for observation for heat exhaustion, Rochas said. About a dozen people were displaced and five homes and apartment homes were damaged or destroyed.
Here is how you can help those impacted by the northwest Houston explosion
HOUSTON – About 200 homes are damaged, in some cases, destroyed in an explosion Friday morning at the Watson Grinding & Manufacturing in northwest Houston. The American Red Cross has established an overnight shelter at Fairbanks United Methodist Church at 14210 Aston St. for those displaced by the explosion. The Red Cross said the shelter will stay open so long as there is a need. Volunteers are asking those who want to help the people to bring packaged food or donate to the Red Cross. Users can offer or request help as well as mark themselves safe from the Houston explosion.