HOUSTON (KIAH) — After a tornado swept across the east part of the Houston area on Tuesday afternoon, leaving several homes and businesses damaged, the American Red Cross has opened a shelter for those who need a place to stay and for support.

The emergency shelter in Pasadena opened Tuesday night at Baker Ripley’s Pasadena campus, located at 720 Fairmont Parkway. Another shelter opened Wednesday evening at the Revive Church, located at 1602 Fairmont Parkway.

The Red Cross said that workers are at the shelter are prepared to provide warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs.

Anyone who goes to the Red Cross shelter should bring with them:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements
  • Identification to show residence is in affected area and important personal documents 
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself

For more updates, follow the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast on Twitter and Facebook at @RedCrossTXGC. You can also contact the Greater Houston Chapter at (713) 526-8300, visit their website or call 1-800-REDCROSS.