Since the storms passed in the overnight hours, the American Red Cross has been working to open shelters, assess damage and plan for the days and weeks ahead. Following is an update on relief efforts as of 4:00p.m. CST:
Two shelters remain open for tornadao victims who need a safe place to stay. Last night, 42 people stayed at the Red Cross shelter. The locations that are open are:
First Christian Church
2109 West Highway 377
Cleburne Senior Center
Where to Call for Help
The Red Cross has established a Disaster Assistance Hotline for anyone across North Texas who has sustained damage to their homes as a result of last night’s storms. Affected residents are urged to call 866-505-4801.
Red Cross teams spent the bulk of the day assessing damage across the area. In the Ranch Brazos community in Hood County, teams discovered that nearly 100 homes were affected with more than half of them being destroyed or unlivable for an extended amount of time. An additional 130 homes across the North Texas area have damage of some nature, but teams are still working on the damage breakdowns.
The Red Cross is planning to distribute needed relief items for clean-up over the weekend. Relief items can include things like shovels, rakes, work gloves, trash bags and more. Areas will be established in the neighborhood so that residents can pick up their supplies near their homes.
The Red Cross will be working with community partners across the area to ensure that families get what they need to help in their recovery. Additional services will be announced as they are needed.
Community Organizations Collecting Items (please note these are not Red Cross locations, but locations where the community can drop off items. Any questions about what is needed should be directed to the orgainzations listed below)
Salvation Army Cleburne
111. S. Anglin Street
1310 Weatherford Highway
Granbury, TX 76048