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Volunteers Providing Relief to Tornado Victims

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Monday, July 28, 2014 — Volunteers with the American Red Cross are going door-to-door checking on those affected by a tornado that ripped through parts of East Tennessee on Sunday.

Multiple teams are assessing the damage to determine the level of response. They’re working in several East Tennessee Counties including Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Sullivan, Union and Washington.  These teams are also talking with those affected to determine what kind of assistance is needed.

The latest information indicates:

● Approximately 25 homes across 10 East Tennessee counties destroyed or severely damaged.  Many other homes sustained mild or moderate damage. These numbers could increase as ` disaster assessments continue.

 

● More than 5,000 people are without power in Knox, Sevier, Grainger, and Union Counties --  down from 38,000 people at its peak.

● The Red Cross shelter at West Lafollette Recreation Center, 300 Beech Drive, La Follette, TN, closed Sunday evening after it was determined no storm victims needed shelter.

Just after noon on Monday, The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) arrived in the affected neighborhoods near the Speedwell community. The ERV is simply a mobile feeding unit that helps quickly distribute food, water, snacks, and other supplies to those in need. Throughout afternoon and into the evening residents can expect to see more Red Cross volunteers working in the community.

Cleanup items are also being made available. These items include tarps, gloves, cleaning supplies, garbage bags, etc.

Other assistance may be offered in the coming days as case workers begin talking with residents about the extent of the damage to their homes and their long-term needs.

“Disasters happen quickly but unfortunately they take weeks – or even months – to recover from,” said Red Cross Regional Chapter Executive Michelle Hankes. “We’re in this for the long haul and will be working with these folks to make sure they have the resources they need to put this disaster behind them.”

Those who want to contribute to the relief effort should go to redcross.org to make a donation. You can also make a pledge by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Those who have questions about Red Cross services can call our local office at 1-888-578-7531 .

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.