Red Cross Seeks Volunteers and Donations for Tornado Response

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The Red Cross is urging residents to prepare their homes and families

The Red Cross is continuing relief efforts in Beaufort, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank counties to support residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes last week. More than 150 disaster workers have met with dozens of affected families, handed out 162 supplies including clean up kits and tarps, and served over 3,335 meals and snacks.

SEVERE WEATHER NOT OVER With the threat of more severe weather on the way the Red Cross is urging residents to prepare their homes and families for potential disasters. Red Cross chapters in eastern NC are preparing to respond by readying shelters, supplies and volunteers.

DOWNLOAD TORNADO APP People should download the Red Cross tornado app onto their mobile devices. They can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay and find the location of Red Cross shelters. The app also includes a high-pitched siren and warning alert that signals when a tornado warning has been issued, as well as also an all-clear alert that lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Red Cross is seeking more volunteers to help with relief efforts including supply distribution, community outreach, office support and other activities. Anyone interesting in becoming a volunteer should fill out an application at redcross.org/pamlico for the Washington area and surrounding counties and redcross.org/albemarle for the Elizabeth City area and surrounding counties.

HOW TO HELP The Red Cross is also asking for donations from the community to support disaster relief efforts. Financial contributions for American Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to help disaster victims, anywhere, anytime. Donations are used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance as well as supporting the vehicles, warehouses and people that make that help possible. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.