Severe Weather and Rain Threaten – Red Cross Responds
The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states, providing food and shelter for hundreds of people affected by severe weather and flooding. More rain and storms are predicted in some of the same parts of the country over the coming days, and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation and prepared to launch additional responses if needed.
More than 250 people sought refuge from the storms Tuesday night in 19 shelters across Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Tennessee. If someone needs to find a shelter, they can visit redcross.org, check the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-768-8048.
In addition to shelters, Red Cross volunteers are providing food and relief items and health and mental health services. In some areas, Red Cross caseworkers are beginning to connect one-on-one with families now to create recovery plans and access additional support.
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RED CROSS RESPONSE
In Missouri, 202 people spent Tuesday night in 10 shelters. Flooding in St. Louis County impacted as many as 200 homes and another 1,500 are in harm’s way. More than 100 homes in Carter County are damaged and river levels continue to rise. The situation is expected to worsen and the Red Cross is monitoring the situation. The Red Cross is also helping in Illinois where flooding hit the central and southern regions of the state. Major river flooding has been predicted to potentially hit the state next week, and the Red Cross is working with state and local officials and ready to respond if needed.
Almost 45 Arkansas residents spent Tuesday night in five shelters. Flood waters continue to rise and mandatory evacuations are occurring in several areas. The Red Cross is working with local and state officials to ensure people get the help they need.
Tornadoes ripped apart parts of Texas, where as many as 5,000 buildings may be affected. The Red Cross has shelters open to help those affected. The storms also caused damage in Mississippi and Red Cross disaster teams are providing relief items, food, health and mental health services, as well as helping to assess the damage and assist people as they recover.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes, flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
TORNADOES – The Red Cross and The Weather Channel have partnered to produce the Weather Red Report airing Sundays at 8:40 a.m. ET on The Weather Channel, during which viewers can learn the latest on current weather-related emergencies and how to stay safe during weather-related disasters.
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.