American Red Cross
Nearly 45 million people face the threat of additional severe weather today in the middle of the country and the Red Cross urges people in harm’s way to stay informed about current weather conditions.
In Oklahoma, the Red Cross continues to provide hope and comfort after last week’s tornadoes, even as more severe weather threatens. More than 1,000 Red Cross workers are providing shelter, food, relief supplies, health and mental health services and recovery assistance as people begin to recover from the storms. Trained Red Cross caseworkers are also meeting one-on-one with people who need extra help with unmet emergency needs and recovery planning.
The Red Cross will be in Oklahoma for weeks and months ahead to help people get back on their feet and recover.
In Tennessee, more than 190 people spent Wednesday night in Red Cross shelters after an electrical fire displaced residents of an apartment complex in Chattanooga. The Red Cross is providing shelter and working with local officials to provide additional support.
In Alaska, more than 200 residents of Galena have been evacuated by the Tanana Chiefs Conference due to severe flooding along the Yukon River. The Red Cross has shelters open in Fairbanks and will distribute relief supplies when floodwaters start to recede. More ice jams in the Lower Kuskokwim River are expected to cause problems and communities in Alaska’s interior are working with the Red Cross to review preparedness plans. The Red Cross is on stand-by to open a shelter should people in these communities be forced to leave their homes.
In addition, severe weather damaged buildings and downed trees and power lines Wednesday in New York, Kansas, Michigan and Arkansas. Red Cross workers opened shelters where needed and are also assisting people in Pennsylvania and Texas after severe weather earlier in the week.