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Red Cross Responds to Tornadoes, Wildfires

Severe weather could affect several parts of the country today and critical fire conditions continue in several states.

Severe weather and wildfires are impacting different parts of the country and the American Red Cross is helping those affected.

Red Cross disaster workers responded across several states yesterday after tornadoes, heavy rain, strong winds and hail moved through Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Hardest hit was Nebraska where Governor Dave Heineman declared an emergency. The town of Pilger suffered severe damage to homes, schools and businesses and the Red Cross is providing shelter and food for residents and is working with local and state officials to determine what other assistance is needed.

In Iowa, heavy rains led to flooding in Lyon County where residents of as many as 100 homes were evacuated. The Red Cross opened shelters and provided food for those affected and deployed an emergency response vehicle to the area to serve meals to sand bag crews.

Severe storms also caused damage and power outages in several counties in Wisconsin and Red Cross workers opened a shelter in Platteville and are standing by to provide assistance in other areas if needed.

In South Dakota, severe storms damaged homes and an apartment complex in the community of Valley Springs. Red Cross disaster workers are providing lodging for those affected and distributing supplies to help people clean up their homes.

In New Mexico, a wildfire is burning in a remote part of the Navajo Nation near the border of Arizona and New Mexico. Residents of several communities were ordered to evacuate and the Red Cross provided cots, blankets, water and food to support local shelters and is working officials to assess what other support is needed.

A wildfire also affected residents of Coconino County in Arizona who were ordered to evacuate. The Red Cross opened a shelter which was closed after the evacuation order was lifted.

MORE SEVERE WEATHER POSSIBLE Today there is a risk of severe weather from the Northern Plains to the Mid Atlantic region with flooding, hail, strong winds and possible tornadoes. Critical fire weather conditions continue today from California into the Texas panhandle.

If someone is living in an area where the storms or wildfires are possible, information and safety steps are available in the emergency preparedness pages of 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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.