Alabama Tornado Relief

Mike Dronkers / Friday, April 29, 2011 @ 12:17 p.m. /



The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people after Wednesday’s deadly tornadoes destroyed neighborhoods throughout the southern region of the country.  Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock to help those whose lives are turned upside down. 


The Red Cross is sending disaster workers, materials, blood products and equipment into the state.  Nearly 40 emergency response vehicles from around the country are on the way to Alabama, along with 25,000 ready-to-eat meals. 

Red Cross Blood Services is moving hundreds of blood products into the area.  Red Cross nurses and mental health workers are being deployed to help Alabama residents cope with the aftermath of this disaster. 


More than 1,600 people sought refuge in 65 Red Cross shelters last night as storms forced them from their homes in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina and Texas.  Mary Moreillon, Regional Executive Director, states, “The Red Cross is working hand-in-hand with our federal, state and local community partners to get assistance to people in need and help them recover.” 


How you can help:  The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Those who want to help can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.  To make a donation, visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, text REDCROSS to 90999, or mail a check to American Red Cross , P O Box 37243, Washington, DC  20013.