American Red Cross

Map of flooded areas in Texas

Texas and Oklahoma are feeling the devastating effects of weeks of heavy rain, tornadoes and flooding, and the American Red Cross is there, helping people in the Lone Star State get back on their feet.

The storms have impacted about 35 percent of the state, destroying or damaging thousands of homes. The Red Cross is providing shelter, food, water, relief supplies, health services and emotional support to people in need.


Beaumont firefighters doused a blaze at a local apartment complex on April 27 that reportedly started in the kitchen of a residence.

According to a news release from Beaumont Fire-Rescue, units responded to 6040 Alpine Circle to a report of smoke coming from an apartment at the complex there. Upon arrival, they found heavy smoke coming from an upstairs apartment. Firefighters forced entry into the apartment and found the kitchen area involved by fire. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire, reports Beaumont Fire-Rescue.


American Red Cross announced Monday, August 18 that Chester R. Jourdan, Jr. has been selected as the new executive director of the Beaumont and Orange County Chapters.  Jourdan assumed his new responsibilities on Monday. 


An early morning fire at the Oakwood Village Apartments in Orange caused damage to at least 12 apartment units, prompting a response by the American Red Cross.

Sunday morning, July 20, around 2:15 a.m. a fire broke out in a ground-level apartment at 521 N. 37th St., said Kathy Womack, property manager of Oakwood Village Apartments in Orange.

David and Dickie Henderson

In the aftermath of a tornado outbreak that began Sunday, April 27, and according to media reports spawned at least 21 confirmed tornadoes and caused at least 35 confirmed fatalities across the South and Midwest, American Red Cross has responded by beginning disaster relief efforts in the areas affected by the storms.

Skylar Thomp­son and Cam­eron Ballantyne

The American Red Cross is holding its 26th annual Hurricane Party on Saturday, May 3, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Individual tickets are $125 each. Sponsorships start at $1,500 for a table of eight.

This year’s “Cocktails & Camo” party will begin at 6 p.m. and feature music by Casey Chesnutt and The Fla­va Band.