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The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter
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More than two weeks after the Memorial Day tornadoes, the Red Cross is meeting individually with displaced people to assess their needs.

Officials say the goal is to make the recovery process less overwhelming for affected families.

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The American Red Cross - Dayton Chapter has decreased the number of housing shelters from three to one, as the number of displaced residents from storms almost two weeks ago has dropped.

On Saturday, the Red Cross moved remaining populations of displaced residents at Corinthian Baptist Church and Morton Middle School to Bethesda Temple on Salem Avenue in Dayton.

The organization says the consolidation “allows the Red Cross to concentrate its resources for the remaining shelter residents.”

The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter
The Red Cross Northern Miami Valley Chapter / WYSO

As flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey continues in and around Houston, Texas, many people in the Miami Valley are wondering how they can help.

Officials with the American Red Cross are urging people to consider volunteering, or donating to the relief effort.

To donate by text message, text the words “Red Cross” to 90999. Donations are also accepted at the Red Cross’ website.

Red Cross officials say at least 18 volunteers have deployed to Texas from the Miami Valley so far.

2-year Effort Aims To Prepare 500K Ohioans For Emergencies

Feb 26, 2015
American Red Cross
American Red Cross

The American Red Cross and Columbia Gas have launched a new effort aimed at getting more Ohioans ready for fires, floods and other emergencies.

The two-year initiative seeks to prepare a half million Ohio residents by making emergency plans, building kits or getting trained ahead of disasters.

The effort was announced Thursday at a news conference. The state's Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor and Public Safety Director John Born were among those scheduled to attend.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for April 8, 2012 containing the following stories:

-Jerry Kenney speaks with Tara Lydy about Wilmington College making the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the 6th consecutive year.

-Jerry Kenney also speaks with Tom Foder from the Dayton chapter of the American Red Cross about recent efforts to help victims of the Indiana tornados.