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American Red Cross Continues Response to Devastating Tornadoes and Flooding in the South and Midwest
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By Caitlin Cobb, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
May 12, 2010

From the plains of the Midwest to the deep south, the American Red Cross is providing a safe place to stay and relief supplies for thousands of people displaced by tornadoes and floods. As relief operations continue full force in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, the Red Cross has also opened shelters in Oklahoma after last night’s tornadoes.

“These storms have left thousands across the country without homes, without any belongings,” said Harold Brooks, CEO of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. “It is important that everyone remember those whose lives have been impacted by these disasters.”

Multiple tornadoes in Oklahoma destroyed homes and businesses, left thousands without power, and forced road closures due to overturned vehicles and structure damage. Red Cross workers are providing a safe place to stay, toiletries and clean up items.

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter has already deployed nine disaster responders to assist those affected by the floods in Tennessee, and more will be deployed to other areas hit by disasters when necessary.

To help those affected by disaster by making a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please visit our website at www.redcrossbayarea.org or call 1-888-4-HELP-BAY.  You can also make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

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