Red Cross steps up to help counties hit by tornadoes

MONTGOMERY (WSFA) -- The Red Cross and dozens of volunteers are spreading out across Alabama to help people trying to piece their lives back together in counties affected by Friday's tornadoes.

"We've got mobile feeding units going on, we've got sheltering going on, and for those having a hard time dealing with this situation, we've got mental health counselors on site," said Chris Osborne with the Red Cross.
Disaster workers in emergency response vehicles are circulating throughout Alabama providing shelter in the stricken counties, serving hot meals and snacks and distributing comfort kits and other items.

"We want to lessen that impact by working with people, attending to their needs, giving them a hug if that's what will help, but the Red Cross is there, will be there till this situation is at a manageable point," added Osborne.

Even if you only had minor damage to your home, insurance agents are recommending you get your claim filed quickly because it is not just honest contractors wanting to get a piece of the cleanup pie.

Insurance officials say to report the claim immediately. Claims representatives and adjusters being involved in the process as soon as possible will eliminate the possibility of the shams.

The National Weather Service will be back out Monday and through mid-week surveying the remaining damage caused by the deadly storms. Already, it has established that 16 tornadoes hit central Alabama and that total is certain to rise.

Contributions to the Re Cross Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to the American Red Cross of Central Alabama at 5015 Woods Crossing Dr., Montgomery, AL 36106 or to your local Chapter. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting, and credit card donations may be made by calling (334) 260-3980.

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