The American Red Cross is helping people across the Midwest after tornadoes slammed into parts of Kansas and Missouri early this morning, injuring dozens of people, destroying buildings and leaving thousands without power. This is the third time tornadoes have devastated parts of Missouri in less than a year. The storm threat continues today with officials warning severe storms will continue in the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee valleys.
One of the areas affected is Branson, Missouri where officials reported some people were trapped in their homes and buildings in the city’s famous theater district are heavily damaged. In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback declared a state of emergency for the affected areas southwest of Topeka.
Red Cross workers in Missouri have opened shelters and are providing meals for displaced residents. Additional workers are fanning out in affected neighborhoods to begin assessing the extent of the tornado damage. . In Kansas, tornadoes damaged homes and search and rescue teams are searching for missing residents in the wreckage. Red Cross chapters are preparing to open shelters and are serving meals to those affected as well as emergency responders.
As weather systems indicate that severe storms continue to threaten the area, the Red Cross has shelters open and is encouraging Midwest residents to stay alert for signs of tornado activity such as dark, greenish clouds, hail and roaring noises.
To help bring assistance to the victims of these recent severe storms, the Red Cross appreciates your financial assistance. Please consider making a donation online or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation from your cell phone.