LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The American Red Cross Deep East Texas chapter is sounding the alarm about its need for additional emergency shelters. With hurricane season about six weeks away, Disaster Program Manager Scott S. Brawley is hoping several churches will answer the call.
Brawley is trying to get more churches to be a site for an emergency shelter. The Red Cross currently has 10 shelters at churches in Lufkin/Angelina County. The goal is 15…and perhaps even more.
With experiences of hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Ike, as well as, the recent Christmas Eve tornado, they want to get shelters secured now in order to better help people in times of a disaster.
"Over time a lot of people move on, leaders move on, subject matter experts move on,” Brawley said. “So, you lose a lot of knowledge with time. So, we're trying to re-gel our team with a lot of old faces. We've got a lot of new faces that need to know what to do in case we're needed."
More than 20 people showed up to the Red Cross session at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center. The focus was to educate church leaders and others on how emergency shelters will work with Angelina County emergency matters.
And the Red Cross encourages all churches who didn't attend today's session to contact them about becoming an emergency shelter. Its office number is (936) 366-5118.