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Red Cross volunteers head to Kentucky, Tennessee to help with disaster relief

CHARLOTTE — Disaster trained volunteers from the Greater Carolinas Region of the American Red Cross are deploying to support relief efforts following tornadoes that devastated multiple states over the weekend.

The Red Cross and our partners are working around the clock to help those in need and make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, food to eat, critical relief supplies, emotional support and comfort in the face of one of the most severe tornado outbreaks in several years.

Currently, three disaster workers from the Greater Carolinas Region are deploying in-person to Mayfield, Kentucky. Additionally, volunteers will support relief efforts in-person and virtually in Samburg, Tennessee. The Greater Carolinas Region stands ready to send additional disaster workers as requested. To set up an interview, contact GreaterCarolinasPA@redcross.org.

Saturday night, at least eight emergency shelters were open in Kentucky, providing safe refuge to about 190 people. Shelters are also open in Tennessee. With such widespread damage, families will need support for weeks to come, and the Red Cross will be there for as long as necessary.

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The Red Cross has provided approximately 200 additional blood products to hospitals in response to these devastating tornadoes and remains in close contact with hospital partners throughout affected areas. We stand ready to provide additional blood products as needed.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crisis by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or by giving blood. To make a financial donation or schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets, visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also use the Red Cross Blood Donor app or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift today.

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