American Red Cross teams help tornado victims in Birmingham

Volunteers with the American Red Cross are taking Emergency Response Vehicles to the affected areas to distribute meals, water and clean up kits to families in need.

Volunteers are also continuing to assess the damage to homes throughout the state. So far they have found that more than 500 homes throughout Alabama were affected by the severe weather. Some areas are still inaccessible due to downed power lines and trees in the road. Officials said 235 homes were completely destroyed, 233 homes had major damage and 44 homes had minor damage.

Affected families should call (205) 439-7800 or their local Red Cross office for more information about Red Cross assistance. In the coming days trained Red Cross disaster workers will be meeting with the families affected and will assist them with their immediate emergency needs based on the extent of the damage to their homes.

Red Cross shelters are open at the following locations:

  • First Baptist Church of Center Point - 1945 Center Point Parkway, Center Point
  • Clay Community Center – 6415 Clay-Palmerdale Road, Clay
  • Springville First Methodist Church – 6471 U.S. Highway 11, Springville

How You Can Help:

Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters,  You can help people affected by disasters like the recent Alabama tornadoes as well as countless crises at home and around the world by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

  • Visit
  • Call 1-800-RED CROSS
  • Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

Financial contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to