Hundreds Look To Red Cross For Shelter

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...the Red Cross urges people in harm’s way to stay informed...

More than 560 people spent Wednesday night in American Red Cross and community shelters in several states as tornadoes, flooding and fires continue to impact communities across the country.

Nearly 45 million people face the threat of additional severe weather today in the middle of the country and the Red Cross urges people in harm’s way to stay informed about current weather conditions.

In Alaska, more than 200 residents of Galena have been evacuated by the Tanana Chiefs Conference due to severe flooding along the Yukon River. The Red Cross has shelters open in Fairbanks and will distribute relief supplies when floodwaters start to recede. More ice jams in the Lower Kuskokwim River are expected to cause problems and communities in Alaska’s interior are working with the Red Cross to review preparedness plans. The Red Cross is on stand-by to open a shelter should people in these communities be forced to leave their homes.

In Tennessee, more than 190 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters after an electrical fire displaced residents of an apartment complex in Chattanooga. The Red Cross is providing shelter and working with local officials to provide additional support. Severe weather damaged buildings and downed trees and power lines Wednesday in New York, Kansas, Michigan and Arkansas. Red Cross workers opened shelters where needed and are also assisting people in Pennsylvania and Texas after severe weather earlier in the week.

In Oklahoma, the Red Cross continues to provide hope and comfort after last week’s tornadoes, even as more severe weather threatens. More than 1,000 Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health and mental health services and recovery assistance as people begin to recover from the storms. Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning.

The Red Cross will be in Oklahoma for weeks and months ahead to help people get back on their feet and recover.

STAY INFORMED With 45 million people under threat of additional severe weather, the Red Cross urges people to download the free Tornado App to help stay informed. The app includes important things such as a high-pitched siren and tornado warning alert that signals when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued. The Red Cross Tornado App is available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

HOW TO HELP You can help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises by making a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. You can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

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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