Shelters set up for storm victims




Posted on April 4, 2012 at 5:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 4 at 4:48 PM

LANCASTER -- The Red Cross has set up several shelters in the metroplex. One shelter is in Dallas, the other is in Lancaster. A shelter is also open in Arlington.

About 150 tornado survivors showed up to get out of harm’s way and they got a mental break from the reality check they will face once the sun rises.
Many of survivors will be able to return to their devastated neighborhoods Wednesday morning to comb through the debris and figure out what is next.
Anita Foster with the American Red Cross said the agency will provide families with clean up supplies, including work gloves and trash bags.

Red Cross volunteers will fan across the metroplex to start assessing damage, to figure out how to best help people who may have lost everything. They will also help with diapers or formula for their children.
The shelters will reportedly stay open until no longer needed.
Mental health experts will be available to help people deal with the emotional piece of recovery. The level of assistance will depend on damage.
To help storm victims via text message. Text the words ”REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation towards disaster relief. Donors will see the $10 charge on their monthly statement. For those who want to give more, go to


Shelter Location

Lancaster Recreation Center

1700 S. Veteras Memorial Parkway

Lancaster, TX 75134