People in more than half the country are seeking help from the American Red Cross as a record tornado season continues to devastate communities and serious flooding looms in parts of the Midwest. Severe storms continue to drop heavy rain across the South and Midwest, where more bad weather is expected today. Entire towns are being threatened by levee breaches, forcing people to flee from their homes.
More than 600 tornadoes have been reported since the beginning of April, destroying and severely damaging thousands of homes across the country. This week, tornadoes were reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky. In many of those areas, Red Cross disaster workers continue to operate shelters, serve meals, distribute clean-up items and provide emotional support.
Red Cross disaster teams are assessing damages and making sure people have food, water and a safe place to stay.
Red Cross emergency response vehicles are out in the communities, distributing water, meals and clean-up items such as tarps, rakes, shovels, and gloves.
There are several way you can donate.
- Text REDCROSS to 90999 ($10 donation to Disaster Relief)
- Call 1800 RED CROSS
- Go online at www.redcross.org
- Also, as we speak, News 14/Time Warner Cable are hosting a telethon all day.
- And of course, people can always send checks to our chapter at American Red Cross, Carolina Piedmont Region, P.0. Box 60766, Charlotte NC 28260, with “Disaster Relief” in the memo line.