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Red Cross To Help After Devastating Floods, Tornadoes

May 1, 2014

By Targeted News Service

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WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states, helping people affected by the storm that is causing catastrophic flooding in Florida and Alabama after the weather system`s devastating tornadoes over the past several days in other states.

A total of 430 people spent Tuesday night in 29 Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee. The Red Cross has already served nearly 9,000 meals and snacks to people affected by this storm.

Areas around Mobile, Alabama and Pensacola, Florida received as much as two feet of rain. The Red Cross is working with emergency management officials and prepositioned supplies and resources before the storm hit the area.

Workers in Mississippi are helping residents after three days of hail, winds and tornadoes. More than 85 workers are providing shelter, meals, and relief supplies - and more volunteers are being mobilized. One shelter opened during the night to help people affected by the flooding near Biloxi. Red Cross Emergency Aid Stations will open today where people can receive health and mental health services and information on what recovery assistance is available.

In Arkansas, residents are still recovering from the tornadoes which hit the area Sunday. The Red Cross has shelters open and is working with Southern Baptist Disaster Teams to provide meals. Red Cross emergency vehicles are taking meals out to neighborhoods impacted by the storm and mental health workers are delivering teddy bears to children whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

"The Red Cross continues to expand its relief efforts as this severe weather affects more communities," said Richard Reed, senior vice president of Disaster Cycle Services. "Red Cross workers are responding from Arkansas to Florida to make sure people have a safe place to stay and food to eat - and they`ll still be there in the weeks ahead to help people recover from this devastating storm."

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(c) 2014 Targeted News Service

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Story image: Michael Tyman, wades through water on John Wayne Circle where he lives in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., on Wednesday April 30, 2014. AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek

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