HOOVER, Ala., May 7, 2014 — The Alabama Red Cross is helping people across the state in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes and flooding. Red Cross relief efforts continue this week as people continue the monumental task of cleaning up their homes and neighborhoods and start to get on the road to recovery.
The Red Cross shelter located at Macedonia Family Life Center, 1411 26th Street North in Bessemer, Alabama will close as of 5:00pm today (May 7).
The Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks supporting those affected. As people begin to recover from the storm, Red Cross workers will join with local community partners to provide additional services. Tomorrow, a Multi-Agency Coordination Center will be open daily from 8:30am to 4:00pm at 1111 2nd Avenue North in Bessemer, Alabama until further notice. This center brings all of the disaster relief organizations and agencies together in one convenient location to help those affected. Red Cross caseworkers will also meet one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.
Emergency Aid Stations are open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm (unless noted otherwise below) at several locations in the affected areas of the state. These emergency aid stations are staffed with trained Red Cross disaster workers who are assisting people with recovery information, referrals, casework services, and emotional support. The stations are located as follows:
o Friendship United Methodist Church, 16479 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens, AL
o Limestone County Red Cross office, 1300 Armory Street, Athens, AL
People affected by the flooding in BALDWIN COUNTY can meet with trained Red Cross workers at the Foley Satellite Office located at: 201 E. Section Avenue, Foley, AL 36535 to get recovery information, referrals, casework services, and emotional support. The regular hours of operation for this location will be Monday-Friday 8:30am - 3:00pm.
More than 250 Red Cross workers have provided the following services to residents in Alabama since the storms rolled through last week.
• More than 13,000 meals and 22,000 snacks have been served
• More than 875 comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items, have been distributed
• More than 17,000 clean-up items, like rakes, shovels, bleach, have been distributed
• Twelve (12) shelters have been opened with a total of more than 430 shelter overnight stays
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
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.