Alabama Red Cross Continues to Help People Affected by Tornadoes, Flooding, and Severe Weather Across the State

HOOVER, Ala., May 1, 2014 More than 125 American Red Cross workers are on the ground in Alabama providing shelter, meals, supplies, and hope to those impacted by the recent severe weather. Shelters are open in several locations stretching across the state; and hot meals are being served from mobile feeding units roving through affected areas or at fixed sites. Red Cross mental health workers are helping with the emotional needs of people whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Volunteers are distributing clean up items, such as rakes, shovels, trash bags and gloves, to help people affected clean up their homes.

North Alabama (Limestone and Dekalb Counties)
    - A shelter is open at the Central Church of Christ located at 320 US Hwy 31 in Athens, Alabama.
    - Two emergency response vehicles are out in Limestone and Dekalb Counties to distribute meals and clean up items, like rakes, shovels, gloves, and trash bags.
    - Volunteers are also canvassing affected areas to complete damage assessment.

Middle Alabama (Blount, Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Lee, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties)
    - Four shelters are open.
          - Jefferson County
                - Bessemer Civic Center, 1130 9th Avenue SW, Bessemer, AL (This shelter will relocate tomorrow morning to Macedonia Baptist Church, 1400 26th St N in Bessemer.)
                - Graysville Senior Center, 215 2nd Street SW, Graysville, AL
                - New Harvest Church of God, 200 Mountain Street, Adamsville, AL
          - Tuscaloosa County
                - Skyland Baptist Church, 3320 Skyland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, AL
    - Three emergency response vehicles are traveling through affected areas of Cullman, Blount, Etowah, Lee, Jefferson, and Tuscaloosa Counties to provide meals and clean up items, like rakes, shovels, gloves, and trash bags, to the people affected.
    - Volunteers are also canvassing affected areas to complete damage assessment.

South Alabama (Baldwin, Dale, Geneva, Henry, and Mobile Counties)
    - An emergency response vehicle is traveling through affected areas of Baldwin County to provide meals for the people affected.
    - There are a few reports of roofs blown off and other damage in Dale, Henry, and Geneva Counties. Local volunteers are responding as needed

The Red Cross will provide assistance to those affected as needed. If you need assistance please call your local Red Cross office. 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.

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.

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