El Paso Red Cross expanding relief operations

El Paso Red Cross expanding relief operations
Jessica M. Sanchez

POSTED: Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 4:32pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 13, 2013 - 8:05am

Emergency shelters expanded, more may be opened in flooded areas

Officials with the Red Cross of El Paso say they are increasing their relief operation to support at least three emergency shelters and possible outreach to flooded areas throughout El Paso.

Due to the heavy rains and runoff in Socorro, San Elizario and Vinton, emergency shelters are open at the Socorro High School, 10150 Alameda Road, San Elizario High School, 13981 Socorro Road, and West Valley Fire Station, 510 Vinton Road.

Volunteers are at the locations helping residents and the shelters have cots, blankets and other supplies to help those needing assistance.

Red Cross Executive Director Mark Matthys says additional shelter locations are being considered as rain continues throughout the area. Additionally, the Salvation Army is preparing meals for those who will need food during this flooding emergency.

"Our thoughts are with those who have already suffered damages from these flash floods, and we hope to provide at least a little comfort and a safe, dry place for families to stay until the rain stops and the water recedes," said Mark Matthys, Executive Director, American Red Cross El Paso.

Matthys adds, "Those wishing to help as volunteers are encouraged to apply online and will receive instructions for completing initial shelter training. Volunteers should go to www.redcross.org/tx/el-paso/volunteer  to set up an account in Volunteer Connection and complete the online orientation."

A Red Cross representative will then contact the volunteer for training instructions.

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