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The America Red Cross is on the ground

Lynsey Hazelip, right, tells Red Cross volunteer Doug Bardwell, left, about the devastation that took most of her home. Fortunately, she was away at a conference when the tornado hit.
With the help of partners, Red Cross disaster volunteers opened six shelters where 109 people spent Wednesday night. We are distributing food and relief supplies and helping with damage assessment. So far, Red Cross and partners have provided nearly 5,000 meals and snacks. Relief supplies like shovels, rakes, trash bags, work gloves and tarps are also being handed out to help people clean up their neighborhoods.

We will continue to work with local and state officials to determine what additional help is needed in the coming days.

Shelters are open: If you or someone you know needs a safe place to go, Red Cross shelters are available. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or download our free Emergency App to find an open shelter. The app is available at

Interviews available: Red Cross spokespeople in Tennessee are available for interviews. Please contact Sherri McKinney, Regional Director of Communications at 615-425-6679, or at

How you can help: People can help those affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit, call 1-800 RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Stay safe: The Red Cross reminds people affected by the tornadoes to not return to their homes until officials say it is safe to do so.