SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Red Cross is helping thousands of people as tornadoes, flooding and wildfires continue to wreak havoc across a large part of the United States.
These latest storms come on the heels of two weeks of deadly weather which has disrupted people's lives from North Dakota to the East Coast. Red Cross disaster teams are working around the clock in the affected areas, providing people with shelter, meals, emotional support and supplies to help with clean-up efforts
In Utah, 11 Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi to assist with relief efforts there. Their duties range from nursing to managing fleets of Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs).
"Red Cross disaster teams are making sure people have a safe place to stay and food to eat," said Maxine Margaritis, American Red Cross Utah Region CEO. "We are working in communities across a large part of the country helping people affected by these storms."
More than 1,500 people spent Thursday night in 65 Red Cross shelters. More than half of the people (860) were in shelters in Alabama, but more than 100 people were in shelters in Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Missouri/Illinois because of severe weather or flooding. Red Cross shelters are also open in Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Virginia.
In the past two weeks, with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 233,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 20,000 items like clean-up supplies and comfort kits to people affected by the severe spring weather. Red Cross mental health and health services workers have provided thousands of consultations to people coping with the aftermath of these disasters.
Those who want to help the people affected by these disasters, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Their gift will enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other disaster assistance. To make a donation, people can visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to American Red Cross Utah Region, 555 E. 300 S. suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT, 84102, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.