News release from the American Red Cross:
Red Cross Continues to Send Local Disaster-trained Workers to Support Disaster Relief in Multiple States
As of this week, Red Cross has served more than 161,000 meals and snacks; provided 1,600 overnight stays in shelters; handed out more than 67,000 relief items; and provided 5,900 health and emotional support contacts. Emergency shelters are still open in Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.
Preliminary reports indicate about 3,000 homes across nine states were destroyed or heavily damaged by the Spring storms.
"We are grateful that we have such dedicated staff and volunteers in our region that are experienced and eager to help those who have lost so much," said Nanci Conley, executive director, Coastal SC Chapter. "Red Cross will be there to help people next week, next month and as long as it takes to get them back on their feet."
Every eight minutes the American Red Cross provides hope and comfort to people affected by disasters big and small. You can help people affected by disasters by making a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcross.org to donate. Also people can text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
Severe weather can strike anytime and the Red Cross encourages everyone to have a plan. Please download the free Red Cross Tornado App from the Google Play Store for Android devices or from the app store for Apple. Please visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/tornado to learn how to prepare for a tornado and safety tips, and how to recover.