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Red Cross, Salvation Army assisting in Hermine cleanup
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Both the American Red Cross and Salvation Army in Corpus Christi are assisting those affected by the wind and rain brought in from Tropical Storm Hermine.

Due to flooding, the Salvation Army mobile feeding unit and emergency disaster response personnel based in Corpus Christi have been called into service.

Once contacted by local emergency management personnel, the Corpus Christi feeding unit was deployed within minutes.

“The Corpus Christi-based emergency disaster response team is the first to be called into service and is equipped to provide food and cleanup kits to those affected by flooding, as well as food and drinks to first responders,” says Major Terry Israel, divisional secretary in Texas. “Four other fully stocked and staffed mobile feeding units (canteens) remain on stand-by in communities along Hermine’s path.”

Those units, located in Kerrville, San Antonio, Harlingen and McAllen, will remain on alert for three days.

A satellite communications van and other emergency disaster response staff and volunteers also remain on-call.

The American Red Cross also is reporting that it is heading to help.

“Last week we responded to Hurricane Earl up and down the East Coast,” said Joe Becker, senior vice president for Red Cross Disaster Services. “Even though Hurricane Earl has dissipated and is no longer a threat, we continue to respond to emergencies such as Tropical Storm Hermine and the wildfire in Colorado. The Red Cross has trained disaster workers and relief supplies in position before an emergency strikes.

“We urge people to be prepared by taking three easy steps – build an emergency kit, make a disaster plan and be informed about what emergencies are common to their area.”

Tropical Storm Hermine crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas early Tuesday and was expected to drop four to eight inches of rain across the southern portion of the state.

Significant flooding was possible for portions of the Nueces Basins, the lower Rio Grande and Texas Hill County basins.

Red Cross chapters are working with state and local government agencies and are prepared to respond to any flooding in the area.
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