Red Cross launches relief efforts for Okla. tornado

Released by the Smith County American Red Cross Chapter:

TYLER, TX - From the plains of the Midwest to the deep south, the American Red Cross is providing a safe place to stay and relief supplies for thousands of people displaced by tornadoes and floods. Even as relief operations continue full force in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Alabama, the Red Cross has now opened shelters in Oklahoma after the a massive tornado outbreak.

"These storms have left thousands across the country without homes, without any belongings," said Tammy Prater, executive director of the Smith County Chapter.  "It is important that everyone remember those whose lives have been impacted by these disasters."

Multiple tornadoes in Oklahoma destroyed homes and businesses, left thousands without power, and forced road closures due to overturned vehicles and structure damage.  Red Cross workers are providing a safe place to stay, food to eat, toiletries and clean-up items.

Meanwhile, people down south are still tossing furniture and appliances into the street, ripping up flooring and tearing out walls as they work on their homes after last week's flooding and tornadoes.  Red Cross teams from 37 different states have shelters open, are providing meals, and distributing various clean-up items and basic necessities such as toiletries.

If someone would like to help, there are several ways that people can make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Visit to donate online, call 1-800-REDCROSS, make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999, or you can mail a donation to the Smith County Chapter at P. O. Box 8588, Tyler, TX 75711.

Help people affected by disasters like the recent floods and 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 prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters