Americares prepares a shipment of clean-up kits for tornado survivors. Photo by Chris Williams/Americares.
Stamford, Conn. – March 5, 2019 – Americares is delivering cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, bottled water and other essential supplies for survivors of the deadly tornadoes that tore through Alabama on Sunday.
At least 23 people were killed, including children, when an EF-4 tornado touched down in Lee County, Ala., leaving a path of destruction nearly a mile wide. The county coroner reported some families suffered multiple fatalities in one of the worst tornado outbreaks in years.
“Our hearts go out to the families who lost homes and loved ones in this devastating storm,” said Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel. “We are working closely with food banks serving as aid distribution centers in hard-hit communities and are prepared to provide additional supplies as needed.”
Americares Emergency Response team is coordinating with Feeding America to send relief supplies to the Food Bank of East Alabama in Auburn, Ala., and the Feeding the Valley Food Bank in Columbus, Ga. The shipments include over 2,000 hygiene kits for survivors displaced by the disaster.
Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization has a long history of responding to emergencies in the U.S., including Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Americares responds to approximately 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities.
Donations to Americares Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund will support its response to the storm. To make a donation, please go to americares.org/worldwide