The American Red Cross Northwest Ohio Region is responding to provide assistance to people affected by last night’s Midwest Tornadoes. Red Cross staff and volunteers have responded to calls for help in Lucas, Putnam and Wood Counties, including the hard hit community of Cloverdale.
Immediate Red Cross assistance is based on an individual’s needs and typically includes food, clothing, comfort kits, medical or prescription assistance, emotional support and temporary shelter. In the next few days, Red Cross volunteers will be available to provide direct assistance0 for items such as bedding and support with security deposit or rent as clients have need.
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. For prolonged power outages there are steps people can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of the household as comfortable as possible.
As temperatures continue to plummet and some are without power, alternative heating sources (kerosene heaters, space heaters) are often used. Alternative heating is the second leading cause of home fires in the U.S. The Red Cross recommends people follow these tips to heat their homes safety as they wait for power to be restored:
To help people affected by the Midwest tornadoes, as well as countless other crises, people can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
The Red Cross will continue to assess the situation and be available to respond should conditions worsen over the next few days. Residents requiring assistance at this time can call 419-329-6060. For more information on the local Red Cross response, please follow the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio on Facebook and Twitter.