Disaster Updates: Boston, West TX explosion, Midwest flooding

The American Red Cross is continuing to help people affected by the tragic events in Boston and Texas while providing relief to people in the Midwest whose communities are inundated with floodwaters.

Boston, MA
Red Cross workers are supporting a family assistance center in coordination with local officials.

To date, more than 200 workers have served nearly 13,000 meals and snacks, handed out hundreds of relief items like blankets and comfort kits and provided hundreds of mental health and health services to those in need. Earlier this week, Red Cross Blood Services provided about 550 blood products to several hospitals in the Boston area.

West, TX
Red Cross workers are also providing food, water, emotional support, health services and relief items like comfort kits to those affected by the explosion in West, Texas. During the next few days, Red Cross workers are coordinating with local officials to open and support a joint assistance center to provide resources for those affected. The Red Cross has also shipped 175 blood products to hospitals in the area to help the injured.

In the Midwest, more than 230 people spent Friday night in 31 Red Cross and community shelters where flooding has caused heavy damage. Workers are providing food, shelter, emotional support and health services to those affected.

The Red Cross has additional volunteers, shelters and supplies on standby to support people forced from their homes by flood waters and we will be providing help for days to come.

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