Monday, September 27, 2010


We are very excited to have the Alamo Drafthouse and Master Pancake Theater hosting a one-night-only show mocking The Day After Tomorrow to benefit the American Red Cross of Central Texas!

The show is Wednesday night, September 29th at 7pm at the Alamo Ritz downtown and tickets are now on sale.  The Master Pancake shows have a tendency to sell out quickly so if you would like to go be sure and get your tickets soon.  See you there!

UPDATE:  The show was a huge success and incredibly funny!  We also learned that flipping rubber pancakes into a frying pan is harder than it looks.  A huge thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse and the Master Pancake team...we look forward to doing it again next year!

This year, a sweater won't be enough.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


On Monday, the American Red Cross of Central Texas responded to a duplex fire in South Austin.  Helping out the families affected were a Red Cross Disaster Action Team and several public information officers. All residents, including 3 dogs, a ferret, a cat, and a boa constrictor made it safely out of the building.  Because of the extensive damage (see photos below), the Red Cross was able to provide relief and recovery in the form of temporary housing, clothing, and other assistance. 

House fires like the one on Monday happen roughly every 48 hours here in Central Texas, and the American Red Cross is always ready to respond.  For the past several weeks, volunteers and staff are simultaneously supporting fire victims and flood victims in the wake of Tropical Storm Hermine.  Our normal disaster response continues even during major disasters.  For more information on how to get involved with your American Red Cross please visit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


We are very excited to have the Alamo Drafthouse and Master Pancake Theater hosting a one-night-only show mocking The Day After Tomorrow to benefit the American Red Cross of Central Texas!

The show is next Wednesday night, September 29th at 7pm at the Alamo Ritz downtown and tickets are now on sale.  The Master Pancake shows have a tendency to sell out quickly so if you would like to go be sure and get your tickets soon.  See you there!

This year, a sweater won't be enough.

Friday, September 17, 2010



Please send the following information to
First and Last Name
Street Address
City, State and Zip
Phone Number

We will call these individuals to schedule an appointment to meet with a caseworker at our Client Assistance Site, once damage assessment for your address has been completed.  Please note that we are only able to offer assistance to those with homes classified as having Major Damage or Destroyed at this time.  We are not able to offer assistance to owners of  non-residential structures.  Thank you for your patience as we respond to this disaster within our community.  If you have any questions, please call our offices at (512) 928-4271 or 1-800-928-4271.

Additional Resources: 
Williamson County -

Assistance eligibility is based on Damage Assessment guidelines set forth by the American Red Cross and other local and federal agencies and is based on water levels reached inside the single family dwelling, apartment or mobile home, in addition to other considerations.  Currently we are assisting those whose homes have been classified as Major Damage or Destroyed.  Unfortunately, we do not have the financial resources to offer assistance to all homes affected by flooding at this time.  

Single Family Home or Apartment 
  • Major Damage -   36 to 60 inches of water in the living area of the dwelling
  • Destroyed - 60 inches or more of water in the living area of the dwelling

Mobile Home
  •  Major Damage -   24 to 48 inches of water in the living area of the dwelling
  • Destroyed - 48 inches or more of water in the living area of the dwelling
The American Red Cross of Central Texas has closed all shelters in Central Texas. Governor Rick Perry has issued a disaster proclamation for Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties in Central Texas.  We are currently working with our volunteers to assess the damages left behind by Hermine. Once damage assessment is complete, the ARC national office will make a decision on what type of aid we will be able to extend based on the damages. Please note, it may take up two weeks for the Red Cross and other agencies to thoroughly assess the damage cause by this flood.

Please read and follow our guide to RETURNING HOME AFTER A FLOOD to begin the cleanup process. Here are some additional tips to help you document the damage: 
  • Take good pictures of all damages, especially water marks showing how high the water line rose. Document interior damage as well as exterior.
  • Keep receipts for every single expenditure. That way you will have as many options as possible for reimbursement through insurance and government programs.
  • Refer to the Williamson County website for additional guidance:
  • For Agricultural Damage:  Craig Enhlemann, USDA at 512.863.8576
 Williamson County Government Resources for Hermine Victims 
Williamson County (all residents) – Williamson County Landfill has waived or reduced fees to help flood victims during cleanup.  More information is available:

Williamson County Landfill is off of FM 1660, at 600 Landfill Rd, Hutto, TX  78634.  You can reach them for more information at 512-846-2756 or 512-759-8881.

Cedar Park – Residents should report damage to Emergency Management Coordinator James Mallinger at 

Georgetown – Residents should report damage to or 512-930-2550.  Residents can also request help with clean up from Emergency Management Coordinator Kevin Stofle at 

Leander – Residents should report damage to Public Works at 512-259-2640 

Unincorporated Areas of Williamson County – Residents should report damage to county office of Emergency Management at or 512-943-3747.  Residents may need permits to rebuild earthworks, roads, houses, or outbuildings, and should contact the county Floodplain Administrator at 512-943-3620.

If you would like to donate to this and future relief efforts, please visit our DONATE page.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


The American Red Cross of Central Texas opened three shelters in Williamson County after heavy rainfall forced the evacuation of some residents in that county beginning yesterday evening. The Georgetown shelter, located at 1003 North Austin Blvd, will remain open through the night. The Round Rock shelter, located at the Clay Madsen Center, has closed as of this afternoon. The shelter that had been opened in the early morning hours in Florence has been closed, and is on standby to be reopened this evening.

American Red Cross employees and volunteers  have worked around the clock to staff the three shelters since  their opening yesterday evening, with relief volunteers arriving during the day so that the night shift could get some much needed rest.  Dedicated employees and volunteers in emergency services and disaster response often work very long hours, particularly during the initial phase of the response, in order to make sure our clients get the services they need.  

Red Cross provided breakfast, lunch, snacks, blankets and other personal items that will help people get through this difficult time as they await news on the condition of their homes. All of these services are provided free of charge through the generosity and monetary donations of Central Texans.  You can make a donation to help us be prepared for the next disaster by visiting our website at

Thursday, September 2, 2010


The epic hurricane season of 2005 was a defining chapter in American Red Cross history. Five years ago, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma changed the lives of millions of people across the United States, and prompted a response by the Red Cross that was unprecedented in size and scope. 

Even before media images of destruction and despair jolted the nation, trained Red Cross responders were already in action. Generous donors from across the country and around the world made it possible to mount one of the largest disaster responses in American history – a response that tested the limits of the Red Cross and our nation as a whole.

Approximately 350,000 residences were destroyed or severely damaged - ranging from southeastern Texas across the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida Keys. The demand for help was enormous. Donors gave the Red Cross a total of $2.2 billion for people affected by the storms, and with the help of 245,000 Red Cross disaster workers, many of them volunteers, the Red Cross assisted millions of people by providing shelter, food and other basic needs.

The Red Cross had more than 3.8 million overnight stays in shelters across 31 states and the District of Columbia – seven times any previous record. Nearly 68 million meals and snacks were served, four times more than what the Red Cross had ever provided during past relief efforts. Emergency financial assistance was provided to 1.4 million families – about 4 million people.  Here in Central Texas, the entire community came together to care for more than 20,000 people.

Relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina were larger than anything the Red Cross had handled before. Since then, the Red Cross has reset the bar on responses to large-scale disasters, improving the capacity for response, and increasing the availability of resources.

The number of trained volunteers has increased from 25,000 to nearly 95,000, with 50,000 of them available to travel to help with disasters around the country.  Relief supplies are pre-positioned in areas of the country prone to disasters – enough resources to respond to devastation twice the size of Katrina. Ongoing planning occurs at the local, state, and national level to respond to large-scale disasters.  The American Red Cross of Central Texas now has more than 600 active volunteers in nine counties.

Partnerships are established with national and local organizations who are able to lend the Red Cross their specific expertise and human resources. The use of technology has expanded; the National Shelter System is easily accessible online and the Safe and Well site has improved in ways that will help families better connect during and after disasters.

Perhaps the biggest lesson learned from five years ago is that the government and the Red Cross will never be able to provide all the relief necessary in every disaster without a focus on preparedness. Everyone must play a role. The nation needs communities that are better prepared, with every person, business, school and house of worship ready to take care of themselves and their neighbors. 
Families need to plan how to deal with disasters. They need to know what emergencies are most likely to happen where they live, learn, work and play. It’s important to plan what should happen if family members are separated. They need a way to keep informed before, during and after a disaster. And a family member should be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.  Each year your local Red Cross trains more than 20,000 people in these life-saving skills.
Businesses, schools and organizations need to have proper safety and emergency supplies on hand, as well as staff trained in CPR and first aid. They need to plan on how they will continue to operate in a disaster, and work to ensure their employees are prepared at home so they can return to work soon after an emergency.

Large disasters will strike this country again. The fifth anniversary of the hurricanes of 2005 should be a reminder that the unthinkable can happen and that everyone must do their part to prepare. The investments made in preparedness today can save lives and livelihoods tomorrow. 

Make a plan.  Build a disaster kit. Get trained.  To learn how, visit 

-Marty McKellips, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central Texas