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Red Cross Responds as Storms Hit the Midwest

Severe Wweather Response

The American Red Cross is helping people across multiple states in the Midwest after severe storms pounded the region over the weekend.

Red Cross workers are providing shelter, meals, relief supplies and helping people plan their next steps after severe weather hit parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa, South Dakota, and Texas. More than 45 people spent Sunday night in shelters in Oklahoma, South Dakota and Iowa. The threat of damaging storms continues today from Texas to Ohio with thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and isolated tornadoes possible for the region. The Red Cross is monitoring the situation and will respond if necessary.

HOW TO HELP To help people affected by disasters big and small, visit Redcross.org or contact your local American Red Cross chapter.

OKLAHOMA – The Red Cross has been helping in Oklahoma for several days since tornadoes first hit the state last week. Shelters are open and emergency response vehicles are providing meals and relief supplies to the affected areas. The Red Cross is working with the Salvation Army and Southern Baptist Convention to provide meals. Feeding sites and comfort stations are open, as well as first aid stations. Resource Centers are also open where people can come to be helped by multiple organizations.

SOUTH DAKOTA – Severe weather and tornadoes impacted residents of Delmont who were forced to evacuate. The Red Cross opened a shelter and dispatched an emergency response vehicle to distribute food and relief supplies. Red Cross caseworkers are meeting with those affected to help them recover from the storm.

IOWA – More severe weather and tornadoes prompted residents of Lake City, Iowa to evacuate on Sunday. Red Cross workers opened a shelter and deployed an emergency response vehicle to distribute food and relief supplies.

ARKANSAS – In Arkansas, severe storms caused flooding that closed roads and affected homes in several portions of the state on Sunday. The Red Cross provided shelter and food and caseworkers are meeting with those affected.

TEXAS – Severe storms, flooding and tornadoes hit parts of the state over the weekend. Red Cross workers provided shelter for those affected.

EMERGENCY APP - People can download the new Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to expert advice on what to do right before, during and after 14 different types of emergencies and disasters including tornadoes and thunderstorms. The app also contains weather alerts, life-saving information and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy-to-use app for mobile devices. Users can customize more than 35 emergency alerts based on their location and where loved ones live.

SAFETY INFORMATION - As the threat of severe weather continues, the Red Cross has safety steps people can follow. You can find out what you should do if tornadoes, floods and other types of emergencies threaten your community by visiting the “Types of Emergency” information on this web site.

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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