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Red Cross Helps 5 States Affected by Severe Storms

Red Cross Supports Illinois Residents on Road to Recovery
You can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Severe weather continues to impact people across the country and the American Red Cross is helping in five states. There is an elevated risk for more storms and the Red Cross is standing by to expand the response if needed.

Red Cross workers are helping people in Texas, Wyoming, Missouri, Louisiana and Colorado where flooding and tornadoes have destroyed and damaged homes and forced residents to leave their neighborhoods. More than 80 people spent Thursday night in 12 Red Cross shelters across the affected area.

In Wyoming, some residents of Niobrara County had to be rescued after flooding hit their neighborhood. In Missouri, flooding impacted residents of Clay County and forced them to evacuate. Severe weather in Colorado spawned flooding and tornadoes that destroyed homes in Larimer County. Flooding also occurred in Caddo and Bossier parishes in Louisiana.

The Red Cross is responding in all four states, providing food and shelter, relief supplies, health services, emotional support and helping people plan their recovery.

TEXAS RESPONSE CONTINUES Meanwhile, Red Cross workers continue to help people in Texas where devastating flooding destroyed or damaged thousands of homes.

More than 2,470 Red Cross workers have been working around the clock in Texas since early May, serving more than 105,000 meals and snacks, distributing more than 73,200 relief items and providing more than 2,000 overnight stays in shelters. Officials estimate 8,000 residences have been affected and 50 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are traveling through the impacted neighborhoods, distributing food, water and relief supplies.

Red Cross workers have also provided more than 1,600 health services such as replacing lost eyeglasses and medications and more than 2,700 emotional support contacts. Red Cross mobile kitchens are preparing meals and trained Red Cross workers are in Multi-Agency Resource Centers, meeting one-on-one with people to help them plan their recovery and locate help from other agencies.

HOW TO HELP

A donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief can help provide food, water and shelter for someone who has to leave their home. Help people affected by disasters like floods, tornadoes and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. To donate, people can visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

DOWNLOAD THE EMERGENCY APP The Red Cross “Emergency” app can help keep you and your loved ones safe by putting vital information in your hand for more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts. You can find it in smartphone app stores by searching for American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

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 redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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