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Alabama Red Cross Helping Those Affected by Severe Weather

HOOVER, Ala., April 29, 2014 — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is assisting residents affected by the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through Alabama yesterday and last night.

Red Cross volunteers opened three shelters overnight, as follows.

- Bessemer Civic Center housed 75 people overnight

- New Harvest Church of God in Adamsville housed 50 people overnight

- Central Church of Christ in Athens housed more than 20 people overnight

Additional shelter locations are on standby in various areas around the state including Tuscaloosa for people whose homes were damaged by the storms. We will post the latest information about our response efforts and shelter locations, openings, and closings to our social media accounts: @AlabamaRedCross on Twitter and Alabama Red Cross page on Facebook.

Red Cross mobile feeding units were dispatched this morning to affected neighborhoods in DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone, and Tuscaloosa Counties to provide breakfast and water. With the possibility of more severe weather this afternoon in to the evening, each Red Cross food truck is carrying more meals than usual to provide lunch and dinner in the early afternoon so Red Cross workers can be safely off the roads by the time the inclement weather is expected. Volunteers are also handing out clean up items including tarps, rakes, and shovels to those in affected neighborhoods. Preliminary damage reports indicate that several homes in the state either sustained major damage or were destroyed. Red Cross volunteers are on the ground assessing the damage in DeKalb, Etowah, Jefferson, Limestone, Madison, and Tuscaloosa Counties.

The Red Cross is working with county emergency management agencies to determine where help may be needed. The Red Cross will provide assistance to those affected as needed. If you need assistance please contact your local Red Cross Chapter. This weather system affected other states across the United States and the Red Cross is responding to those affected as well.

Another round of severe weather is expected to affect Alabama later today. You can help get your family and home ready for severe weather with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The Tornado app puts everything you need to know prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. Download it directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Remember, your donations are what help the Red Cross stay prepared and make our relief efforts possible. Financial contributions may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.