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Alabama Red Cross Strike Team to Demonstrate Preparedness

HOOVER, Ala., April 24, 2013 — Two years after devastating tornadoes caused massive destruction across Alabama, the state is strong and now even more prepared to face whatever the next challenge might be. Preparedness and recovery is an ongoing process and the American Red Cross is here to help.

One way the Red Cross prepares for disasters is by developing strike teams. Before a disaster, strike team members plan and coordinate shelter supplies and job duties to ensure that all aspects of opening a shelter are covered. The strike teams are then able activate and mobilize quickly to set up shelters after disaster strikes.

On Friday, April 26, the American Red Cross Alabama Region will hold a news conference to highlight our strike teams. The news conference will take place at 10:00 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church located at 2349 Forestdale Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35214. Please check with your local Red Cross chapter for any commemoration events happening in your local area.

In commemoration of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak, the Red Cross is encouraging Alabamians to take three action steps: Remember. Connect. Give. (See the attached infographic for more information.)

• REMEMBER the families. For many, the storms are now a memory, but others may still be on the road to recovery. It only takes minutes to wipe out a neighborhood, but years to put it back together. The Red Cross is extremely grateful for the thousands of volunteers from Alabama and across the country, who stepped in to help our neighbors in need, many of whom were impacted themselves in some way.

• CONNECT with the Red Cross through our Twitter feed, on Facebook, and through the new mobile tornado app. Download the tornado app at

• GIVE to the Red Cross. The Red Cross never knows when disasters will happen, but when they do, the Red Cross must be ready to respond. Help us stay prepared by donating your time, blood, and/or money. Visit for more information.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at