AUSTIN (KXAN) — Last Memorial Day weekend the American Red Cross responded to flash flooding in Texas by opening 60 evacuation shelters and serving 350,000 meals and snacks. This year, staff members and volunteers would prefer to have a more relaxing holiday.
Red Cross Regional CEO Marty McKellips says her agency still has volunteers working in flood devastated communities.
“I think we did our job. Our job is immediate mass care. And the night that the flooding occurred, for example in Wimberley, our staff slept on the floor here at the chapter and opened eight shelters in eight different counties,” she said.
The Red Cross region servicing the Austin area has 55 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers on standby just in case torrential rains return to central Texas.
“We see disasters and we know the long term affects. We never leave. The Red Cross never leaves. We have volunteers there and we are responding to house fires every day and if it floods this weekend and they need us, we’ll be there.”
McKellips says trucks are gassed up and supplies are well stocked just in case.
“We watch the weather forecast probably more than most people,” she said.