Red Cross responding to storms

Published 12:58 am Saturday, January 2, 2016

The American Red Cross launched a massive relief response across multiple states in the wake of the deadly storms, which have been hammering communities across most of the country since before the Christmas holiday.

In Louisiana, a few residents have reported damage from the storms in the north and southeast areas of the state. Red Cross team members in Louisiana have been helping those families and coordinating with officials about potential flooding here, as well as deploying to support relief efforts in Texas and Mississippi.

“Red Cross disaster workers have been helping people affected by these storms since before Christmas and will continue to help them as long as needed,” said Kay W. Wilkins, regional chief executive of the Red Cross in Louisiana. “We ask everyone to remember these families who have lost everything and had their holiday celebrations tragically interrupted by giving to Red Cross Disaster Relief.”

Red Cross and community shelters are open in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Red Cross is also supporting families in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi due to severe weather and flooding.

More than 1,100 homes have been damaged by storms across the affected areas and the number could increase.