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Alabama Red Cross Responding to Families with Damaged Homes

HOOVER, Ala., February, 21, 2014 — The American Red Cross Alabama Region is assisting residents affected by the severe weather that moved through Alabama last night. 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 and Jefferson Counties. A Red Cross mobile feeding unit was dispatched this morning to affected neighborhoods in Fort Payne, Alabama to provide breakfast and water. Volunteers in the area are also handing out clean up items including tarps, rakes, and shovels.

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.

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.