Montague Co. Twister - Red Cross Response

Montague Co. Twister - Red Cross Response

The Red Cross responded to multiple tornado's across the area, especially to those hardest hit. Many of the volunteers are in the Dallas Fort-Worth area. However, the Red Cross said, each area gets there full and equal attention.

Minutes after the destructive storm passed, Red Cross staffers immediately responded to the call of duty. Katrina Farmer Executive Director, for the North Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross said, "we have a staff person in Montague County. She got right on the ball and was in contact with the County Judge, determined what areas were hit and got right out there trying to find out what was going on."

She said they have been in the area working since the middle of the night. "We've gone in and done disaster assessment. Which is, when we go in and determine how many people have been affected, how many homes have been affected by the storm, and what services do people need," said Farmer.

There were areas that took longer to get to, due to downed power lines. So the assessment will be ongoing as debris continues to be cleared. Farmer said, "the big thing right now that we're doing is canteening, for all of the first responders.

Canteening is when the Red Cross provides snacks, food and water to those helping with relief efforts. "At this point, there haven't been any families identified as needing shelter. If they do need shelter we'll make sure that they get it," said Farmer.

Kelly McNabb, Emergency Response Coordinator for Montague County said, fortunately, most of the damaged homes were insured. And residents who needed shelter are in hotels, paid for by their insurance.

"The things that they have asked for, that we have been able to give them are: dust masks so they can get in and clean up. Work gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels that kind of stuff," said Farmer. The Red Cross is out in trucks, driving around neighborhoods with those supplies. Delivering them directly to the people that need them.

Jenyne Donaldson, Newschannel Six.