Local Volunteers help in Texas flooding

Last Updated by Denyse Shannon on
Red Cross Disaster Relief
Public Domain

Four local Red Cross volunteers were deployed over the weekend to help flooding victims in Houston, Texas. Tony Lasher spokesman for the central bay chapter of the American Red Cross says the effects of hurricane Harvey are continuing this week, so volunteers are helping with getting people into shelters and make sure they have necessities to start with. He says while they are there, workers will be helping people connect with what they need.

“They’ll be involved in door to door meal distributions, and mass mobile feeding; engaging with people and they’re going to get them the resources they need to start working with the Red Cross, FEMA, and all of the other agencies to start getting them the systems and getting recovery resources.”

Lasher says volunteers will spend up to three weeks on deployment, and then others will follow. He says the short stints help prevent fatigue. He says anyone who thinks they’d like to go help should contact the Red Cross for training first. He says because of the ongoing crisis it would not be a good time to self-deploy without some kind of training and resources. Lasher says expedited training is available to deploy within the next few months for anyone wishing to assist in that way. He says smaller flood events, like the June incident in the Great Lakes Bay Region may take up to a year to recover from, but the Texas flooding could be decades in cleanup, so resources will be needed for years to come. Lasher says though there are a number of different relief agencies involved, their greatest need is financial. The Red Cross estimates an excess of $50 million in needed resources. He says clicking on the donate link for hurricane Harvey at redcross.org or calling 800-RED-CROSS is the best way to contribute. Texting the word Harvey to 90-999 will also send a $10 donation. 

Share This Page

Local Videos

1/7/20 - Terrorist Attacks; Marijuana Revenue; Education
The Follow Up

1/7/20 - Terrorist Attacks; Marijuana Revenue; Education

Guests Gary Loster (former Saginaw mayor) and J.J. Boehm (SVSU).

1/7/20 Aftershow with J.J. Boehm
The Follow Up

1/7/20 Aftershow with J.J. Boehm

We discuss the cost of college with J.J. Boehm.

Mexico Tour; Hispanic Veterans; John Ayala
Somos Hispanos

Mexico Tour; Hispanic Veterans; John Ayala

A trip to Mexico, Adam Gonzalez of the Saginaw VA.

Automotive Program; Animal Shelter Project; Holiday Concert
Dateline Delta

Automotive Program; Animal Shelter Project; Holiday Concert

Delta's automotive program, a student project that benefited a local animal shelter.

More Videos

Local Podcasts

Backyard Astronomer

1/13/20 - Mars Meets Its Rival

At the beginning of the week, Mars will be above a slightly brighter star called “Antares.”

Movie House

The Irishman

Here's an unpopular opinion: Martin Scorsese's latest gangster epic isn't that good.

Environment Report

1/10/20 - DNR Grants; Radon Action Month; Bottle Recycling

The Michigan DNR has recommended 21 parks, trails, and sporting facilities for grants. January is Radon Action Month in Michigan. Lawmakers have introduced bills to aid and expand

Q-90.1 FM Featured Stories

1/9/20 - Saginaw to Change Social Media Providers

Social media coverage for the city of Saginaw is changing hands.

A Moment In Time

Medieval Muslim Scholars, Pt. 1

The Medieval Islamic world witnessed one of the great flowerings of science and culture in human history.

More Podcasts

Q-TV Passport. A new member benefit. Extended access to over 1,000 hours of video.

Delta Broadcasting App - Now on iOS and Android