Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tornadoes, Hail and Snow: Nature's Fury in Midwest and South

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Last night, the Red Cross opened 25 shelters, providing a safe haven for more than 250 people in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where blizzard conditions forced people to seek refuge. Red Cross emergency vehicles are distributing meals and relief supplies in affected communities, and assessment teams are helping to determine the full scope of the damage the tornadoes left behind.

“The families that we’ve talked to today have expressed gratitude that they are alive, but they also recognize that a lot of their loved ones are not,” said Red Cross disaster worker Anita Foster in West Liberty, Kentucky. “The Red Cross is doing what we can. We have deployed our disaster mental health workers - folks who can help with the crisis counseling. We have loaded trucks and supplies and pushed them into the neighborhoods just as quickly as possible.”

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