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Local Volunteer Deploying to Assist in Alabama Tornado Relief Efforts

Eastern MA - Chapter News 20

The American Red Cross is helping people in Alabama after tornadoes devastated communities earlier this week, while continuing to assist people in the Pacific Northwest after last week’s heavy snow and flooding.

Red Cross volunteer Marianne Elliot of Hamburg will be deploying Thursday for Hoover, Alabama, where she will be providing Disaster Mental Health services to those affected by this week’s storms. Mental health counseling and support is expected to be an important part of the Red Cross relief efforts, as many areas hit by this latest disaster are still recovering from massive tornadoes that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses in the spring of 2011.

Red Cross workers are currently serving those recovering from the destruction left behind by this week’s tornadoes. Shelters are available for those needing a safe place to stay and emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies throughout the affected neighborhoods. The Red Cross is also going door-to-door in the affected areas to assess what help people will need in the days to come. As of Tuesday night, the Red Cross has already served more than 2,000 meals and snacks and handed out hundreds of relief items.

Across the country, thousands of residents of the Pacific Northwest are still without power. The Red Cross continues to provide relief to people, operating shelters and distributing food and relief supplies as officials keep an eye on a storm which could bring heavy rain and a foot of snow to the already beleaguered region.

If someone would like to help people affected by disasters like the tornadoes in the South and flooding in the Pacific Northwest, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Their gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit www.buffaloredcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Contributions may also be made texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your cell phone bill).