Help and hope after a tumultuous weekend of severe weather.
Dozens of tornadoes and severe weather left a path of destruction in areas of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida over the weekend. In addition, southern California has been hit with another storm, bringing heavy rains, increased risk for landslides and leaving thousands without power.
In South Florida, local American Red Cross volunteers responded to help families impacted by severe weather that swept through the 300 block of West 10th street in Hialeah early Monday morning.
“Our first priority is making sure all affected families and individuals have a safe place to go,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer of the American Red Cross South Florida Region. “The Red Cross is helping now and we will continue to be there as they recover from these storms.”
The Red Cross brought help and hope by meeting the immediate and essential needs of 13 families, composed of 44 people, coordinating efforts with local authorities to ensure people have a safe place to stay, food, water and resources to begin their recovery. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, volunteers can provide access to safe shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support due to damage to their residences.
WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY People should download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of tornadoes and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes and countless other crises can make a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.