The American Red Cross volunteers and staff are gearing to respond to the community needs this weekend and the historic winter storm of 2010 begins to creep into Southeast Texas.

Volunteers have been placed on standby for activation and some are scheduled to work the weekend shift of handing blankets out, providing a hot cup of coffee and a warm break from the winter winds at the Orange County Chapter. “We have blankets on hand and have requested additional blankets through our state resources,” Ashlee Leonard, programs manager explained, “Our current plan is to open each day of the weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a warming location at the chapter offices.” The chapter will provide blankets to those in need as supplies are available along with a cup of coffee and a rest from the weather.

Shelters are on standby but have not been activated at this time.

“A winter response in certainly not our typical Southeast Texas disaster and that makes this response even more vital because as a community we are not accustomed to the weather that is in store for the weekend,” Leonard continued, “It is very important that everyone takes precaution in their health and wellness during this winter weather.” 

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