More than 870 homes were either destroyed or had major damage after last week’s tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia and this number could rise as damage assessment continues. Dozens of tornadoes were reported across the two states, some with winds as strong as 136 mph.
More than 300 trained American Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in both states, providing shelter, food and comfort to people in the affected areas. The Red Cross and partners have provided more than 550 shelter stays in 5 shelters, more than 18,000 meals and snacks and more than 18,000 relief items such as cleaning supplies and comfort kits containing toothbrushes and other personal hygiene items.
YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
FIND A SHELTER If you need a safe place to stay or a hot meal, find open shelters on redcross.org, the free Red Cross Emergency app or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) and selecting the disaster option. You can also find shelters by following your local county and city officials on social media or monitoring local news.
AFTER THE TORNADO Let friends and family know you’re safe. If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
- Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Help people who require additional assistance—infants, older adults, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.
- Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions..
- If someone smells gas or hears a hissing noise, they should open a window, get everyone out of the building immediately and call the gas company or fire department
- Use flashlights, not candles when examining buildings.