HOOVER, Ala., April 30, 2014 — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is assisting residents affected by the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through Alabama earlier this week. The state is dealing with the aftermath of tornadoes in the northern half of the state and flooding in the southwestern area. Below you will find information about Red Cross activities broken down by geographical areas and disaster type.
Limestone County – Tornado
• Volunteers are using 3 emergency response vehicles to distribute meals and clean up items like shovels and rakes to those affected.
• Volunteers are also assessing the damage in the affected areas
Dekalb County – Severe Weather
• Volunteers are distributing clean up items, snacks and water
Jefferson County – Tornado
• A Red Cross shelter is still open at the Bessemer Civic Center located at 1130 9th Ave Sw, Bessemer, AL 35022, where ## people stayed last night
• Six other shelters were open last night, but have been closed due to zero overnight populations
• Damage assessment continues today, preliminary assessment concludes that 200 homes sustained major damage
• Volunteers will begin distributing clean up items in affected areas
Tuscaloosa County – Tornado
• Damage assessment is nearly complete
• No one sought shelter at the Skyland Baptist Church last night so that shelter is now on standby.
Etowah County – Tornado
• Damage assessment is ongoing
• A shelter was open last night and is on standby now
Cullman and Blount Counties – Tornado
• Damage assessment is ongoing
Russell and Lee Counties – Tornado
• Volunteers are assessing the damage in Lee County
• A shelter is still open at the Crawford Baptist Church located at 4503 Us Hwy 80 West, Phenix City, AL 36870
Baldwin County – Flooding
• The flood waters are slow to recede in south Baldwin County, therefore damage assessment won’t be able to start for at least another day.
• The Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency has opened the Robertsdale Coliseum as a shelter. The coliseum is located at 19477 Fairground Road, Robertsdale, Alabama 36567. The Red Cross is supporting this shelter by supplying food and snacks.
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.
The Red Cross offers tips for people in the affected areas to stay safe after the storms. Click here for tornado safety information. Click here for flood safety information.
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 www.redcross.org/alabama.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.