Red Cross Shelters
by: Jim Bell, April 28, 2009 8:04:51 pm
The shelters are at two large churches in the Copperfield and Bear Creek areas. The Copperfield Church is at 8350 Highway 6, just south of West Road, and it can house 540 people. Bear Creek United Methodist Church is one block off Highway 6 near Kieth Harrow, and it has a capacity of 300 people. Red Cross spokesman Russell Hubbard says they're there for people flooded out of their homes, and for those unable to get into their homes.
"That's our primary focus right now. Sheltering operations, provide meals and things of that nature. If we need to extend them for overnight then we can do that, and coordinate those operations, but right now it's a safe place for people to stay."
Hubbard says the Red Cross uses these churches as shelters because they have lots of room, and, also because they have members who're trained in helping evacuees.
"These are locations that we've had through a shelter agreement that will open their doors in time of need. So what we're able to do is train volunteers within those congregations to serve as Red Cross volunteers, so they're able to open these shelters at a moment's notice."
The shelters are at the Copperfield Church at 8350 Highway 6, just south of West Road, and Bear Creek United Methodist Church, one block off Highway 6 near Kieth Harrow.
Jim Bell, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.
A third shelter has opened at the Christian Life Center of Christ, 6363 Research Forest Dr., Spring, TX 77381.