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Red Cross continues to respond after 9 tornadoes destroy homes
Red Cross continues to respond after 9 tornadoes destroy homes

The American Red Cross continues to provide food, clothing, comfort and safety to families throughout multiple counties after last Thursday's two violent storms spawned nine tornados, confirmed by the National Weather Service today. 

Neighbors have come together to help each other and are grateful for the support from the dozens of Red Cross staff and volunteers who continue to provide emergency assistance.

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV's) rolled through the streets of the areas affected by the storms, giving out food, water, and ensuring that everyone has a dry, safe place to stay. 

All Red Cross shelters have closed as families found accommodations with friends, neighbors and loved ones.

To date, the Red Cross has:

  • opened four shelters in three counties including one at the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport where Polk and Highlands County chapters assisted 37 people. A shelter remains on standby in Pasco County for residents who may be affected by flooding. 
  • cared for 39 people who took refuge in Red Cross shelters to date.
  • served 1,169 meals, 1,665 snacks, hundreds of bottles of water, comfort kits as well as clean-up kits.
  • dispatched multiple disaster assessment teams in addition to client caseworkers and mass care volunteers.
  • opened 30 cases for families who are in need of emergency housing, clothes, shoes, food, baby formula and especially comfort.          

Mobile feeding continues as it will until it is no longer needed. 

Pasco County Red Cross volunteers are on standby to respond to the families that may need to evacuate due to flooding along the Anclote River. 

Red Cross volunteer shelter teams will be activated upon the request of the Pasco County Emergency Operations Center.

All chapters continue to be on alert to respond to help fire victims. For information, please visit www.redcross.org.

Red Cross is grateful for the response of its community partners, the hundreds of neighbors that have stepped forward to help each other, and the generosity of our donors.

Tell us your story of how the Red Cross helped you during this recent storm. Email us your story and photos at neighborhoodnews@wtsp.com.

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