Red Cross deploys volunteers following tornado outbreak

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Volunteers have been deployed by the American Red Cross to assist those affected by Sunday's devastating tornado outbreak.

The American Red Cross is responding across five states in the Midwest, providing food, shelter and comfort to families and individuals in need.

Twelve Red Cross shelters were open in the hardest hit states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Sunday night. Meanwhile, Red Cross workers also are helping people in Kentucky and Michigan whose homes were damaged from storms.

As roads reopen, Red Cross emergency vehicles will hand out meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected communities. Emergency aid stations are also open in some areas where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services, and information about what help is available.

The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region is  deploying volunteers to assist in relief efforts across the affected areas.

"Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by Sunday's severe storms," said Trish Smitson, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. "Our volunteers are eager to answer the call to help our neighbors in Illinois and Indiana who are starting to take the first steps toward recovery." 

People affected by severe weather and other disasters need help now. You can help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.   

The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton region will hold an informal press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss volunteers deployed and other efforts to help.

You can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your donation helps provide food, shelter and emotional support to those affected by disasters.

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