The American Red Cross continues to help people across multiple states impacted by the recent string of severe weather and will continue to offer support in the days and weeks to come as people plan their recovery.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are still providing support, just doing it differently. More than 540 disaster responders continue working on these relief operations and more than 70% of these are giving their support virtually.
Instead of shelters, we have prioritized emergency hotel lodging to make sure people have a safe place to stay if they can’t return home after a disaster. Hundreds of people are still being sheltered with the help of our hotel partners.
People staying in the Red Cross emergency lodging hotels are being provided breakfast, a hot lunch and dinner every day. In coordination with local feeding partners, we have provided more than 53,800 meals and snacks and are working closely with hotel staff to ensure distribution follows social distancing and safe food handling protocols.
DOWNLOAD LIFESAVING APPS
People can download the Tornado App and receive weather alerts whenever the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues a tornado watch or warning for your community – or any location where you have loved ones. Download the Red Cross Emergency App for instant access to weather alerts for your area and where loved ones live. Expert medical guidance and a hospital locator are included in the First Aid App in case travelers encounter any mishaps. These apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Call, click, or text to give: visit redcross.org, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
If you are intent on supporting recent tornadoes and floods, you can help people affected by tornadoes and floods in the South by indicating “Southern Tornadoes & Floods” on the donation form on redcross.org, and printing and mailing to your local Red Cross chapter. The Red Cross honors donor intent, and all designated funds will be used to support the tornado and flood affected communities through emergency relief, recovery and preparedness efforts.