BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 22, 2013, 1:00 p.m. (CST) — The American Red Cross Alabama Region continues to assist residents affected by Monday’s severe weather around the state of Alabama. The damages identified and reported by both the Red Cross and other agencies is widespread and impacted a large number of rural areas across the state from the Mississippi to Georgia borders.
More than 80 Alabama Red Cross volunteers and staff are on the ground providing the following services:
Canvassing affected neighborhoods providing tarps, rakes, gloves, trash bags, clean up kits, and other items to residents who will be cleaning up and salvaging what they can over the weekend.
Using mobile feeding vehicles to feed those in the affected areas of Cullman, Etowah, and Walker Counties.
In the coming days trained Red Cross disaster workers will be meeting with the families affected and will assist them with their immediate emergency needs based on the extent of the damage to their homes.
At this time, all Red Cross shelters are on standby due to the cold temperatures and potential severe weather forecasted for the state.
Nearly 100% of Red Cross damage assessment is complete. Updated damage reports indicate the following damage assessment for residences only.
580 homes total, affected in some way
140 with major damage
361 with minor to little damage
How You Can Help:
Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. You can help people affected by disasters like the recent Alabama tornadoes as well as countless crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS
Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation
Financial contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/alabama.