Red Cross to Commemorate Anniversary of April 3rd Tornadoes

DFW, Texas, April 2, 2013— One year ago Wednesday, the Metroplex experienced a widespread tornado outbreak that directly affected hundreds of local families. The Red Cross sprang into action as soon as the skies cleared. Before all was said and done, the organization had opened four shelters, served more than 40,000 meals and snacks and handed out some 6,100 relief items such as rakes, shovels, flashlights, tarps and more. Reflecting back on the storms last April, the organization has established a Storm Supplies Drive to help them be better prepared for any unexpected emergencies.

“There are always lessons learned after disasters like the April 3rd tornadoes,” said T.D. Smyers, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “One of our biggest lessons from last year was that we didn’t have enough relief supplies on the shelf before the storm. That made it harder for us, and less efficient for the victims, because we had to find the supplies before we could get them into the neighborhoods. We lost time on that and we want to be sure that doesn’t happen this year.”

The Red Cross Storm Supplies Drive will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m. at each Red Cross location in the Metroplex. The following NEW items only are being collected:

• Large men's leather work gloves

• 6 oz. insect repellent

• Flashlights with batteries

• LED lanterns with batteries

• Dust masks (in package)

• Gift cards of any value from Lowes, Home Depot or other local hardware store

To learn more about the Storm Supplies Drive, click on www.redcross.org/dfw.

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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.