While much of the country is focused on the Super Bowl, people in Georgia and Tennessee are spending the weekend recovering from the strong storms that affected much of the eastern half of the country earlier this week. The American Red Cross is providing those affected with food and shelter and assessing damage to determine what other help people need.
Hundreds of homes were damaged across the two states. In Tennessee, Red Cross disaster workers are working with local Emergency Management agencies and community partners to ensure people get the help they need. Damage was across a wide area of the state and the Red Cross is working with families affected, providing food and shelter, health and mental outreach, and casework to help those impacted plan their next steps.
The Red Cross in Georgia has shelters open for those impacted by this week’s tornadoes and flooding and is providing meals in the shelters as well as from emergency response vehicles in damaged neighborhoods. Damage assessment teams are out determining areas of need along the eight-mile path of destruction caused by this week’s tornadoes.
As the clean-up continues in the affected communities, the Red Cross has steps people should follow:
People can visit redcross.org for more information about what to do if a tornado threatens, or for more about what to after a tornado strikes, as well as safety information about many different emergencies and disaster situations.