American Red Cross ‘ready and on standby’ should severe weather hit northeast Texas

American Red Cross ‘ready and on standby’ should severe weather hit northeast Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - American Red Cross of Tyler is “ready and on standby” as severe weather moves into East Texas.

A First Alert Weather Day is in place, as Strong to severe storms will be likely on Saturday, especially heading into the afternoon hours. An American Red Cross spokesperson in Tyler said emergency coordinators all across East Texas are in constant communication ahead of the weather’s arrival.

“We’re encouraging people this weekend to stay indoors if they can, make sure they have a disaster plan," said Doug Haning, disaster program manager. “Also to pay attention to your local TV weather reports, as well as radio reports."

Haning also said volunteers are on standby, should American Red Cross need to open shelters or for disaster assessment. Should the worst happen, Haning said the American Red Cross is just a phone call away.

“We’re praying and hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst,” said Haning. “Making sure we’ve already contacted our community partners as well as the emergency managers to let them know we’re ready to help them when needed.”

American Red Cross’ chapter in Tyler serves surrounding counties, such as Van Zandt, Wood, Rusk, Cherokee, and Smith counties, and also includes a partner chapter in Longview.

“We’ve faced these things before, we’re just here to help people and take care of our neighbors,” Haning added.

American Red Cross also provides information on ways to prepare and stay safe during severe weather events. You can find that information by visiting the American Red Cross website. If severe weather should impact you this weekend, you can reach the American Red Cross by calling (855) 891-7325.

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