UPDATE: Disaster Response
2011 Spring Storms
With winds up to 80 miles per hour, the recent band of tornadoes on Friday, April 15 left a trail of destruction across the state of Alabama, after it pummeled Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. After tornadoes touched down in at least 6 different counties, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency. At least seven people in Alabama have died. As local communities emerge to assess the damage, the Red Cross was on the scene minutes after the disaster to provide relief and assistance.
Preliminary damage assessments indicate that in the state of Alabama alone, 128 homes have been destroyed, 70 homes have sustained major damage and over 50 homes have minor damage. No town has been hit harder than Geiger, Alabama, about an hour south of Tuscaloosa. The entire town population has been affected with 100 homes sustaining damage and 61 homes being completely destroyed.
The American Red Cross continues to respond to the devastation caused by last Friday’s storms, but we need your support to provide assistance to those affected. Please give to American Red Cross Disaster Relief today to help with this disaster response and others. When you give, you help provide food, cots, blankets and volunteers deployed in response to disaster. We know the tornado season has only just begun, and with your support, we can be there, providing basic needs when people need us most. Thank you!