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Red Cross Responds as Tornado Outbreak Sweeps Through Midwest and South


American Red Cross volunteers opened shelters Friday night across tornado devastated areas as they continued to respond to storms that affected those same areas earlier in the week.

Tornado warnings were issued in more than a dozen states on Friday and damage reports across those states are widespread. As those storm rolled through, the Red Cross continued to distribute meals and operate shelters in places such as Harrisburg, Illinois and Branson, Missouri where storms struck on Wednesday.

By six o’clock Friday night, the Red Cross had opened additional shelters in Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Red Cross damage assessment teams will be out in force on Saturday to determine what the needs of communities might be.

There were also numerous reports of missing people and the Red Cross Safe and Well website was available for people looking for loved ones.

These storms come on the heels of tornadoes that pummeled Alabama in January. This elevated tornado activity comes earlier than usual and means that the Red Cross must be prepared to respond to tornadoes and other disasters year round. You can help the Red Cross by making an online donation or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.