The American Red Cross is responding across the South and Midwest to help people affected by the massive storm system that has destroyed neighborhoods and left thousands without power. American Red Cross Central Valley remains vigilant, ready to send volunteers and resources when requested.
Red Cross workers opened or supported community shelters in seven states Monday night. More than 100 people sought refuge in the shelters and many more visited them for meals and information about what help is available. More than 500 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground assisting and 13 shelters are currently open.
Red Cross workers are providing health services and Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing food and relief supplies throughout the affected states as weather conditions permit.
More than 75 million people are still at risk from this storm system which threatens communities from the southeast coast to the Great Lakes and into the Mid-Atlantic region. People are encouraged to download the free Red Cross tornado app for up to date information on shelters and warnings, as well as visit safeandwell.org to register or look for loved ones who may be affected.
While local Red Cross offices remain ready to assist families affected by recent tornadoes, they continue to help with local disasters on a daily basis. Red Cross volunteers in the Fresno area have assisted over 22 families affected by home fires in the last week alone.
About the American Red Cross Central Valley Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross Central Valley Region provides service to the seven counties across Central California that is home to more than 2.5 million people.