Red Cross brings comfort and help after deadly tornadoes

WASHINGTON, 12 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – About 24 hours after devastating tornadoes ravaged four states, the American Red Cross begins work to support large relief efforts to help those most affected, as well as to provide blood products to hospitals of the region who need it.

“Right now the need is great,” said Steve cunanan, regional director of the Kentucky Red Cross. “I saw with my own eyes that there was so much devastation. People have lost loved ones, their homes, it’s all gone for them. in these communities that are now unrecognizable. “

RED CROSS RESPONSE With more volunteers and supplies moving to the affected areas in the coming days, the Red Cross is working tirelessly with partners to ensure everyone has a safe place to stay, emotional support and comfort in the face. to one of the most devastating tornadoes. epidemics over the years. On Saturday evening, there were at least eight emergency shelters open at Kentucky, where around 190 people have sought safe refuge. Shelters are also open in Tennessee.

Red Cross volunteers are also helping to assess the damage in affected communities as areas become accessible to help determine the number of families affected and the types of help they might need in the days and weeks to come. to come.

BLOOD SENT TO THE HPITALS In response to requests from hospitals, the Red Cross has provided around 200 additional blood products to patients in affected areas and stands ready to provide more blood products as needed.

Before the tornado outbreak, the country already faced historically low blood supply issues and more donors are needed to ensure a readily available blood supply. Red Cross blood drives in affected communities could be canceled or see donor participation drop in the coming days, putting even more strain on blood stocks levels.

People living in areas not affected by this tornado outbreak are encouraged to make an appointment today to donate blood in the days and weeks to come to ensure blood products are available to patients wherever the need arises.

Thanks to its national inventory, the Red Cross can distribute blood when and where it is needed. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed, and made available to patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

YOU CAN HELP people affected by disasters such as tornadoes and countless other crises by donating to the Red Cross Disaster. To make a financial donation or to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, visit or dial 1 800 RED CROSS. You can also use the Red Cross blood donor app or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 for a $ 10 gift today. Every contribution counts. Your donation is a commitment to help those in need and enables the Red Cross to prepare, respond and help people recover from disasters large and small.

For those who wish to assist those specifically affected by recent tornadoes, we ask them to write “Southern and Midwestern Tornadoes” in the memo line of a check and mail it with a. donation form at the address indicated on the form or at their local section of the Red Cross.

HOW TO FIND A SHELTER The Red Cross helps anyone in need after a disaster, and everyone is welcome in our shelters. Anyone in the affected areas who needs a safe place to stay should visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or download the free Red Cross emergency app here for shelter locations. You can also find the Emergency app by searching for “American Red Cross” in your app store.

COVID-19[female[femininedid not change the mission of the Red Cross. We provide the same kind of support we always have, and making sure people have a safe place to stay during disasters is a critical part of that support. To help keep everyone safe, we use safety precautions including masks, health exams, improved cleaning procedures, and we encourage social distancing, regardless of immunization status.

HELP FROM COMPANIES, FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS Generous donations from members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Response Program enable the American Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters large and small, to intervene when and where disasters occur; and to help families during the recovery process.

ADGP $ 1 million the members are:Amazon; American airlines; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Hymn Foundation; Bank of America; Caterpillar Foundation; Wholesale Costco; Delta Airlines; Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; FedEx; The Home Depot Foundation; Latter-day Saint charities; Lilly Endowment Inc .; Lowe’s Companies, Inc .; Microsoft Corp. ; National Foundation; the Starbucks Foundation; State farm; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Truist Foundation; Global VSP; Walmart and the Walmart Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

ADGP $ 500,000 the members are:Altria Group; Aon; Best buy; Calmoseptin, Inc .; a capital letter; Citi Foundation; The Clorox Company; Darden Foundation; Delta Community Dental Care Foundation; Edison International; Energy transfer / Sunoco Foundation; Ford Motor Company Fund; Fox Corporation; General Motors; Health HCA; International paper; The JM Smucker Company; Johnson Controls Foundation; the Kroger Co. Foundation; LHC Group; Lockheed Martin Company; MasterCard; Merck; Mondelēz International Foundation; New Balance Foundation; Pay Pal; PepsiCo Foundation; selling power ; Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation & Southeastern Grocers, which houses Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie; Stanley Black & Decker; Target; TJX Companies, Inc .; Toyota; United airlines; UPS; USAA; Visa Foundation; The Walt Disney Company; and the Wawa Foundation.

The members of the disaster response program are:7-Eleven Cares Foundation; Adobe; alliance data; American Express; Ameriprise Financial, Inc .; Assuring; AT&T; AvalonBay Communities, Inc .; Avangrid Foundation; The Ball Foundation; Barclays; The 5 big sporting goods; CarMax; Choice Hotels International; Cisco Foundation; CNA insurance; The Coca-Cola Company; CSX; The DICK’S Foundation for Sporting Goods; To discover; General dollar; Duke Energy; Fair; FirstEnergy Foundation; Grainger; Harbor Freight Tools Foundation, LLC; Hewlett Packard Corporate Foundation; HP Foundation; Humble Bundle; Kaiser Permanente; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; the Kraft Heinz Corporate Foundation; the charitable foundation Labcorp; Lenovo Foundation; Mutual Freedom of Insurance; Marathon Petroleum Foundation, Inc .; Mattress business; McKesson; Neiman Marcus Group; NextEra Energy, Inc .; Northrop Grumman; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Former Dominion Freight Line; Procter & Gamble; prudential financial; Raytheon Technologies; Rodan + Fields Prescription for Change Foundation; Ross Stores Foundation; Ryder System, Inc .; San Manuel Indian Mission Band; Security Finance Lending Hand Foundation; ServiceNow, Inc .; Southwest Airlines; U-Haul International; and the American Banking Foundation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and comforts victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military personnel and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on the volunteers and generosity of the American public to carry out its mission. For more information, please visit Where, or visit us on Twitter at @Red Cross.

SOURCE American Red Cross

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