Dozens of deadly tornadoes touched down the weekend of December 10-12 across multiple states in the center of the country, leaving behind considerable damage and heartbreak.
More than 450 American Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are currently working with our partners in Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri, focused on providing shelter, meals, comfort and support in the face of the deadliest tornado outbreak in a decade.
With thousands of homes affected and damage spanning some 250 miles, this response is a team effort. Massive disasters like these tornadoes leave behind an incredible amount of need and no single organization can do it alone.
COVID-19 has not changed the Red Cross mission. We are providing the same types of support we always have, and ensuring people have a safe place to stay during disasters is a critical part of that support.
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The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states after a string of horrific tornadoes ripped across the region.
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All numbers are cumulative and represent Red Cross tornado response operations in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee from December 10 - December 16, 2021.
Over 540 Red Cross disaster workers have supported response efforts.
With our partners, we have provided over 1,600 overnight shelter stays.
Served over 7,400 meals and snacks with our partners.
Distributed 1,000 relief items.
Made over 400 individual care contacts.
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