On April 24, the southeastern U.S. was ravaged by a mid-spring tornado outbreak, which killed 12 people and injured dozens more. The state of Mississippi was hit hardest, as 5 people died and a rare E F-4 tornado, with wind speeds of between 207 – 260 mph., slammed into town, pulverizing cars, dismantling buildings and shattering lives.
In response to the disaster, the Atlanta Red Cross is deploying several volunteers, part of a larger group of national Red Cross volunteers, who will provide disaster relief in storm affected areas. Volunteers like Gonzalo Yahuitl (above), who will provide food, beverages, physical and mental health care, family services and client casework support at several shelters throughout the region. Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) will also canvass neighborhoods providing assistance to storm- weary survivors.
Yahuitl is just one of the many volunteers who will work to provide hope, help and comfort to those who are depending on the Red Cross.
How Georgians Can Help
Help people affected by disasters like tornadoes by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those affected by all disasters. Please make a donation by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.