BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 19, 2013, 4:00 p.m. (CST) — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is currently assisting residents affected by Monday’s severe weather around the state of Alabama.
Alabama Red Cross volunteers are on the ground providing the following services:
• Red Cross shelters are open at Crossville High School in Crossville, Elliot Community Center in Gadsden, and First Baptist Church of Jasper in Jasper. Anyone who is displaced due to Monday's tornadoes and severe weather should seek shelter there.
• Volunteers are canvassing affected neighborhoods to hand out water, tarps, clean up kits, and other items to those with homes with minor damage.
• As of 4:00 p.m. today, initial Red Cross damage reports indicate that nearly 200 homes were affected throughout the state, with more damage assessment reports still coming in. So far, Red Cross volunteers have assessed more than 30 destroyed homes, more than 50 with major damage, and more than 100 homes with minor to little damage.
Remember, your donations are what help the Red Cross stay prepared and make our relief efforts possible. Financial contributions may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/alabama.