A band of tornadoes that pummeled the South made their way from Oklahoma up through North Carolina and Virginia Saturday evening and this week’s weather has continued to be relentless. Our hearts go out to those affected by these and other devastating natural disasters.
The American Red Cross is responding to these storms, which affected Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia. North Carolina endured the most damage and the governors of Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia have all declared a state of emergency. In addition to the recent tornadoes, the Red Cross is also responding to the flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota, the Texas wildfires, as well as previous tornadoes that affected Iowa and Pennsylvania.
We are proud that we have been working closely with the Red Cross to provide assistance and response where it is needed. Southwest Airlines is committed to supporting organizations like the Red Cross that focus on disaster preparedness and response. Today, Southwest Airlines was announced as a member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program based on our support. As a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program we ensure the Red Cross can be on the scene of a disaster at a moment’s notice. When disasters like the recent tornadoes, wildfires and flooding occur the Red Cross is there to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to people in need. We are proud to stand beside the Red Cross as they help those affected by disaster.
Our support of the Red Cross helps to immediately provide the following services:
In Virginia, the Red Cross has distributed over 10,000 meals and snacks, provided approximately 100 clean-up and comfort kits, and deployed 65 workers to support the relief operation.
In response to wildfires across Texas, the Red Cross has provided shelter to approximately 330 people, and they have served over 1,800 meals and snacks to affected residents and first responders.
The Red Cross has served more than 160,262 meals and snacks in response to the flooding along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota. The Red Cross has 12 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed for this operation.
Volunteers and shelters remain on standby should additional families need assistance and the Red Cross continues to assess the damage across affected states.
More information on how the Red Cross is responding to these disasters and how you can lend your support, visit www.redcross.org.