HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Red Cross is helping people across the state in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes and flooding. One shelter is open and Red Cross relief efforts continue this week as people continue the monumental task of cleaning up their homes and neighborhoods and start to get on the road to recovery. Currently, only one shelter remains open in the state, it is located at Macedonia Family Life Center, 1411 26th Street North in Bessemer, Alabama.
Emergency Aid Stations are open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm (unless noted otherwise below) at several locations in the affected areas of the state. These emergency aid stations are staffed with trained Red Cross disaster workers who are assisting people with recovery information, referrals, casework services, and emotional support. The stations are located as follows:
- BLOUNT COUNTY: 96 2nd Ave East, Oneonta, AL
- CULLMAN COUNTY: Cross Haven Church, 9131 US Hwy 31 South, Hanceville, AL
- ETOWAH COUNTY: Bethlehem Baptist Church, 5850 Sardis Road, Boaz, AL
- JEFFERSON COUNTY:
- Graysville Senior Center, 215 2nd Street SW, Graysville, AL
- United Methodist Church of Kimberly, 9178 Old Hwy 31, Kimberly, AL
- Visionary Baptist Church, 1829 Dartmouth Avenue, Bessemer, AL
- LEE COUNTY: Crawford Baptist Church, 4503 US 80 West, Crawford, AL
- LIMESTONE COUNTY: Friendship United Methodist Church, 16479 Lucas Ferry Road, Athens, AL (The church name is now corrected.)
- TUSCALOOSA COUNTY: Woodland Forrest BC, 6701 Hargrove Road East, Tuscaloosa, AL
In BALDWIN COUNTY, Red Cross volunteers are handing out meals and relief supplies like brooms, buckets, gloves, shovels, rakes and tarps at the Seminole Community Fire Department on US 90 in Seminole, AL. Also, people in Baldwin County can meet with Red Cross caseworkers at the Foley Satellite Courthouse located at 201 East Section Avenue, Foley, AL beginning at 10:00am on May 6. The regular hours of operation for this location will be Monday-Friday 8:30am – 3:00pm.
More than 250 Red Cross workers have provided the following services to residents in Alabama since the storms rolled through last week.
- More than 8,000 meals and 18,000 snacks have been served
- More than 800 comfort kits, containing personal hygiene items, have been distributed
- More than 9,500 clean-up items, like rakes, shovels, bleach, have been distributed
- Twelve (12) shelters have been opened with a total of more than 400 shelter overnight stays
The Red Cross will be on the ground for weeks supporting those affected. As people begin to recover from the storm, Red Cross workers will join with local community partners to provide additional services. For example, in some areas the Red Cross will help to open community resource centers bringing all of the organizations and agencies together in one convenient location to help those affected. Red Cross caseworkers will also meet one-on-one with people to create recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate help from other agencies.
HOW TO HELP Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.