MEDFORD, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – Those impacted by severe weather in the South and Midwest will receive aid from local volunteers.
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts is sending volunteers to areas affected by this past weekend’s severe storms that spanned multiple states.
On Monday, the organization said three Massachusetts volunteers left for disaster response efforts in Kentucky. Once on site, volunteers will help in providing shelter to those impacted by the storm. These volunteers will also help with disaster assessment for storm-damaged homes and property.
At least 24 tornadoes ripped across six states including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky. Initial reports showed that some communities are dealing with significant damage and hundreds of thousands of people are without power. So far, the Red Cross has provided more than 160 blood products to hospitals in response to this devastation.
“We remain in touch with our hospital partners throughout affected areas and stand ready to provide additional blood products as needed,” said Jeff Hall, communications manager at the Red Cross of Massachusetts. “We also anticipate Red Cross blood drives in affected communities may be canceled or experience lower donor turnout in the coming days, further challenging an already historically low blood supply.”
People interested in making a blood donation can locate a local drive online.