Just like after so many disasters the American Red Cross is now serving the citizens that were affected by Hurricane Laura a week ago. Chester Jourdan is the Executive Director of the local chapter of the American Red Cross in Orange.
Jourdan announced the Red Cross provided free food to citizens in Orange September 4 and 5. The food was provided with the cooperation between the Red Cross and the Southeast Texas Food Bank in the Northway Shopping Center on 16th Street.
Many cleaning supplies and other items for the recovery from the damage caused by Laura are much needed in Orange County. Jourdan indicated that Red Cross is working with Orange County Judge John Gothia and others to establish Multi Aid Resource Centers (MARC) to supply those items. Locations of the MARCs are still to be determined.
The American Red Cross is also concerned with the current Coronavirus pandemic. Jourdan pointed out the Red Cross intends to have masks and hand sanitizers available among the supplies that will be distributed at the resource centers.
During this disaster recovery period the Red Cross is working closely with local churches and other charity groups to help citizens overcome the effects of Laura. Jourdan asked that citizens wanting to volunteer to help should contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross at (409) 832-1644 or the 24-hour disaster line of (866) 526-8300.
Jourdan spoke with Gary Stelly on KOGT. The interview was aired Friday morning as part of People in the Know.