As damaging storms continue to sweep across the country, the American Red Cross is helping people in multiple states who are impacted by this severe weather.
Locally, volunteer Sarah Perkins of Pittsford is being deployed to Oklahoma City. This marks her 40th deployment as a Red Cross volunteer.
Several days of tornadoes, flooding and winter storms left behind damaged homes, downed power lines and closed highways. Red Cross and community shelters are open in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri and New Mexico. The Red Cross is also supporting families in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi due to severe weather and flooding.
In storm-damaged regions, 40 Red Cross and community shelters are open. Workers are providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies, and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps.
The Red Cross will be helping people affected by this storm for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies, including helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – the vast majority of which are home fires. People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.