As we all continue to navigate these uncertain times, the American Red Cross Serving Central and South Texas are dedicated to providing you with important information and to provide you with trusted resources for you and your families.
We continue to closely monitor the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are prepared to carry out our lifesaving mission in the event of any possible disruptions.
We will continue to work with U.S. officials and partners to determine what support may be needed in the coming days and weeks as the situation continues to evolve. In particular, we will continue to collaborate with AABB, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety and availability of the U.S. blood supply for patients in need.
If you need help with food or other resources during the quarantine, you can visit:
*Your child’s local school district may offer mobile feeding that could benefit your family during this stressful time.
Stay informed with trusted resources
During these uncertain times, it is important to get information from reputable sources. Here is a link to reliable sources to receive the most up-to-date information.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Office of the Texas Governor| Greg Abbott
- The White House- Coronavirus
What you can do
Right now, it is important to adhere to the rules set forth by your local governmental agencies. Social distancing and staying home may be difficult, but it is an important way for you to help stop the spread of the virus.
We know people are experiencing emotions ranging from fear and anger to confusion and disbelief because of the evolving situation with the Coronavirus. Here are tips to help you and your loved ones cope during this stressful time. https://rdcrss.org/2QmfQ92
How parents and other adults react to this situation around children is important to their mental health during this time. Words matter. Here is some guidance on how to talk to kids about the Coronavirus crisis https://rdcrss.org/2WyHV13
Here are some helpful tips to follow if you or someone you care for is sick: https://www.redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2020/what-you-should-do-if-caring-for-someone-with-coronavirus.html
How you can help
Finally, if you would like to help, here are a couple things you can do to help:
- DONATE BLOOD- We are in dire need of blood and our national supplies are running low. Without blood, we are not able to help support ALL of the hospitals that URGENTLY NEED blood during this hectic and chaotic time. To learn more you can visit: Redcross.org/blood to find a local facility near you.
- Donating to the cause: Your financial support is what drives the ability for all resources to be best utilized during these uncertain times.
Remember, that we are in this together. We know that these can be scary and uncertain times, but by following guidelines and taking care of yourself and those you care for we will get through this.