Red Cross Disaster Update

The continuing attack of deadly tornadoes is taking its toll on communities across the Midwest and the Red Cross is on the ground, providing critical support to those affected.  All of our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone who has lost loved ones or suffered through this seemingly endless stream of deadly spring weather.

Relief work continues in Joplin, Missouri with food, shelter and other support.  The Red Cross is also responding in other areas as tornadoes continue to batter the middle of the country.

  • In just the last week, the Red Cross has started five new disaster operations in response to tornadoes inMissouri,Kansas,Oklahoma,MinnesotaandWisconsinwhile simultaneously continuing to help people in the South affected by flooding and last month’s tornados.
  • More than 350 people inJoplinsought refuge in Red Cross shelters Wednesday night.  
  • The Red Cross is feeding people in the shelters and distributing meals throughout the affected neighborhoods.
  • Teams of Red Cross mental health workers are helping people cope in the aftermath of the deadly May 22 tornado.
  • Emergency response vehicles are distributing meals, comfort items like toothbrushes and soap, as well as clean-up materials like coolers, rakes, tarps, gloves and trash bags, even stuffed animals for the kids.
  • Health services staff at emergency aid stations are assessing people’s health needs and helping with things such as lost prescriptions and eyeglasses.

Thousands of Red Cross workers continue to help people affected by the devastating tornadoes, those living along the Mississippi River, and those still struggling to recover from the flooding and tornadoes which destroyed entire communities in April.

  • The need is great for emotional support in these states. These areas have been hit by multiple disasters over the past year, and trained Red Cross mental health workers are helping people cope with these tragedies.
  • The Red Cross has shelters open for people affected by disasters inOklahoma,Missouri,Arkansas,Alabama,Minnesota,Montana,Tennessee,MississippiandNew York.

Since the end of March, the Red Cross has launched 30 large disaster responses across 23 states reeling from the devastation left behind after this spring’s flooding and tornadoes

The Red Cross is helping people today and will still be providing assistance in the weeks to come.

Since March 31, American Red Cross has:

  • Served more than 2.1 million meals and snacks.
  • Opened more than 220 shelters and provided 19,000 overnight stays
  • Provided more than 47,000 mental health and health consultations
  • Handed out more than 1.1 million relief items like toothbrushes and shampoo, tarps, coolers, rakes and other clean-up supplies.
  • Deployed more than 9,400 trained disaster relief workers from all 50 states.

Click here for tornado preparedness tips from the Aiken Standard.

Click here to see how YOUR local Red Cross is helping across the country.

Those who want to help the people affected by this disaster can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Their gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other disaster assistance. To make a donation, people can visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross, PO Pox 91, Columbia, SC 29202 or by calling (803) 540-1242.

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