BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (CST) — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is currently assisting residents affected by Monday’s severe weather around the state of Alabama. Updated damage reports indicate that 370 homes were affected in some way, with more than 65 destroyed, more than 95 with major damage, and more than 200 homes with minor to little damage. Approximately 95% of damage assessment has been completed. It is taking more time to complete damage assessment due to the fact that the areas affected are widely scattered with some in rural areas.
At this time all Red Cross shelters in the state have been closed. Shelters are on standby and will be re-opened if needed.
So far, 44 Red Cross volunteers and staff are providing relief to those affected in the northern parts of the state. Some volunteers were providing disaster assessment, some were working in shelters, and others are procuring and delivering supplies, food, and bulk items (shovels, rakes, etc.) to the affected families.
The following items were supplied to those affected on Tuesday:
• 900 snacks
• 500 meals
• 600 bottles of water
• 50 comfort kits
• 15 shovels and rakes
• 20 clean-up kits
The Red Cross is using mobile and web technology to get people more involved. You can get your family and home ready for severe weather with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. Download it directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores. Also, the Red Cross recently launched a new online volunteer system across the country that is easy to use and better allows new volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the organization. This new online system, called Volunteer Connection, will help the Red Cross better recruit, manage and deploy our volunteers. If you’d like a demonstration of the new volunteer management system please contact your local Red Cross office.
Remember, your donations are what help the Red Cross stay prepared and make our relief efforts possible. Financial contributions may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/alabama.