Red Cross Storm Efforts

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ECTOR COUNTY -- Red Cross of the Permian Basin was there to help after last week’s severe storms.

They opened a shelter at the Ector County Coliseum for those without power and those who no longer had air conditioning after the storm.

They also did damage assessments to help find areas in need.

The Red Cross for the Permian Basin tells CBS 7 they were in luck with great timing of a recent disaster workshop that they held just two weeks prior to the severe summer storms.

"All of those things came into play in the shelter and they were all done at the Coliseum, and so we had a real working knowledge of what a working shelter would look like there and we were able to use that information when we opened this shelter,” said Tracy Austin, Executive Director for the Red Cross of the Permian Basin.

In the disaster workshop, the Red Cross worked with Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Department, and the Ector County Coliseum to prepare for situations that were seen just weeks later.

The Red Cross says they are still in need of volunteers, and while donated items are much appreciated, with currently being short staffed, it's better to donate.