Deadly tornadoes killed at least five people in Alabama and another person in Georgia as the second extreme weather system in a week rampaged through southern states. Thousands were left without power. The storms also brought flooding across Tennessee that has killed at least seven people so far, and much of the central region of the state remains under a flood warning through Thursday evening. The forecast calls for an additional 1-2″ of rainfall which may cause additional floods in low-lying areas.
Our Emergency Response Team is in contact with partners in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee after the tornadoes struck the region and the flooding hit Tennessee. We stand ready to respond with medicine and relief supplies for survivors and impacted health centers. One partner has already requested PPE, hand sanitizer, TDAP and other medicines and medical supplies.
As extreme weather systems become more common in parts of the U.S., residents are urged to pay close attention to their local warning system. When a tornado sets down, people in the path of the storm may have only minutes to seek shelter. Personal emergency plans are critical as the season for these dangerous storms is well underway. Get Ready Now.