CT American Red Cross volunteer deploying to Texas

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury woman is headed to Texas to join relief efforts in the wake of deadly storms hammering communities across the country since before the Christmas holiday.

American Red Cross volunteer Pamela Pratt will be traveling to Dallas, Texas to serve as a Disaster Mental Health Service Associate. Pratt is one of close to 3,000 Red Cross volunteers in the Connecticut and Rhode Island Region of the American Red Cross.

Texas residents are still cleaning up after the devastating tornadoes which occurred over the Christmas holiday. Heavy rain is continuing to fall in the state and there is a high potential for flooding.

The Red Cross has four shelters open where more than 90 people spent Tuesday night. Red Cross workers are also providing meals, distributing relief supplies, providing health and mental health services, and working in several multi-agency resource centers to meet with families and help plan their next steps.

Heavy rain across parts of the Mississippi and Ohio valleys has also led to flooding in many areas along the rivers. Weather experts say the possibility of flooding will continue over the next several days and flash floods are possible from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic regions.

Red Cross disaster workers are on duty across multiple states, opening shelters for those affected, providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies, providing health and mental health services and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps. Almost 300 people spent Tuesday night in 33 Red Cross and community shelters.

“We need everyone’s support to continue to help people affected by this severe weather, now and in the weeks and months to come,” said Brad Kieserman, vice president of disaster operations and logistics for the Red Cross. “Please remember those impacted by these disasters and resolve to help now.”

PLEASE GIVE NOW The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to assist people affected by disasters such as the ongoing flooding, recent tornadoes and winter storms. If you would like to help, please consider making a donation today by visiting http://www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter.

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