Red Cross Responds as Tornadoes Slam Southeast
The American Red Cross is responding across four states after tornadoes and strong storms slammed into Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida yesterday.
Red Cross disaster workers opened shelters, distributed relief supplies and are helping to assess the damage. Hardest hit was southern Louisiana, including parts of New Orleans. As many as 50 people spent Tuesday night in two shelters and the Red Cross is distributing tarps, cleaning materials, snacks and water.
In Alabama, a tornado touched down in the Andalusia area and the Red Cross is helping with damage assessment. The weather affected as many as 20 homes in Clay County, Florida, and the Red Cross is working with officials to determine what help is needed. The Red Cross is also helping in Mississippi after severe weather hit the state.
Officials report there were at least nine tornadoes yesterday in the region, along with numerous reports of strong winds and hail. Two schools in Orleans Parish sustained heavy damage and at least 26,000 people are without power across the area.
The following are safety steps people should take as they return home:
EMERGENCY APP People should download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to advice on what to do in emergencies and disasters like tornadoes. 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. More information is available here.
If the power is out, people should follow these steps to remain safe:
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.