Red Cross accepting donations for AL disaster relief

The deadly tornadoes that swept across Alabama and several other states over the weekend left demolished buildings, snapped trees, broken power lines and homeless people in its wake. More than 40 people lost their lives as a result of the estimated 200 tornadoes that ravaged the nation from Oklahoma to Virginia.

In Alabama, where seven people died and 130 homes were destroyed by the storms, the American Red Cross has dispatched nine of its Emergency Response Vehicles throughout the state to help tend to the immediate needs of victims of the storm.

The Red Cross is currently assessing damage state-wide, mobilizing workers to begin the cleanup process, providing physical and emotional support to victims, feeding people in need of food and distributing supplies. One shelter remains in Geiger, a town in Sumter County about an hour south of Tuscaloosa that suffered extensive damage from the tornadoes. A Disaster Operations Center is open in Birmingham, as well as other disaster centers closer to the most affected areas of the state.

There are several ways for people to donate to disaster victims in Alabama:

Online: go to www.alredcross.org and click on the "donate now" link on the homepage

Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and you will be prompted to a menu that includes financial donations

Text: "Red Cross" to 90999. A response will include two options for donations, either to Japan or for Disasters: domestic and spring storms.

You can also get in touch with the various chapters of the American Red Cross in Alabama by following the links below:

Northern Alabama http://www.redcrossrelief.org/

Mid-Alabama (Birmingham) http://www.alredcross.org/general.asp?SN=8618&OP=8619&IDCapitulo=DRGYJ0Q5XZ

Central Alabama (Montgomery) http://www.montgomeryarc.org/

Southern Alabama http://www.redcrossalcoast.org/

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