ATLANTA, GA- February 24, 2016– Red Cross disaster action teams across Georgia are responding as needed after severe weather swept through the state late Tuesday, causing storm related damage in some areas. Currently, the Red Cross is monitoring the situation and coordinating closely with state and local officials to ensure more help is available if needed.
In neighboring states, volunteers are working around the clock to provide comfort and hope to all those affected by Tuesday’s devastating storms across the south. Shelters were opened and Red Cross workers are providing food, water, relief supplies and emotional comfort to Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana residents affected by tornadoes.
In Metro-Atlanta, Red Cross workers are assisting three families whose homes were struck by trees overnight. Caseworkers will continue to work with the families this week to provide additional recovery resources. We’re ensuring people impacted have a place to stay, and over the next several days, trained volunteers will make sure their immediate emergency needs for food, clothing, and emotional support are met.
Red Cross of Georgia has already responded to more than 480 emergency cases, primarily home fires, across the state this month alone; making February one of the busiest on record in recent years. Weather forecasts indicate there could be additional severe weather this week. People in areas at risk for storms should stay informed about changing weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY With the threat of more potential severe weather, people should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes 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.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by natural disasters and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
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