Murfreesboro, TN Tornado: Press Release 4.14.09

April 14, 2009

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Murfreesboro, TN Tornado

Red Cross Transitions Shelter into Feeding Site and Respite Center
Meals, Snacks, Clean-up Kits, Comfort Kits, Minor First Aid, Grief Counseling Continue

[Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 14, 2009] – As the Red Cross continues providing food, water, snacks, comfort kits, clean up kits, minor first aid and grief counseling to victims of the Good Friday tornadoes, the Red Cross shelter at the New Vision Baptist Church, located at 1750 North Thompson Lane, is transitioning into a fixed feeding site and respite center, after having a shelter population of zero both Sunday and Monday nights.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is continuing to focus its efforts on outreach today, taking Emergency Response Vehicles with comfort kits, clean up kits, meals, snacks, bottled water and trained mental health professionals into the communities affected, serving both tornado victims as well as other emergency workers and volunteers in the area.

Since the tornado relief operation began, your American Red Cross has:

-Activated 255 Local Volunteers
-Distributed more than 12,000 meals and snacks
-Provided grief counseling and first aid to more than 500 victims

With continuing inquiries from friends and family members from outside of the Murfreesboro area worried about those affected, the Red Cross is urging everyone who was affected by these storms to visit www.safeandwell.org and register themselves as being safe and well. Then, family members and friends can visit the same site and see that their family members are okay. If victims cannot access the Internet, they can call 1-800-REDCROSS and have a Red Cross volunteer register their name on the safe and well website.

HOW TO HELP
You can help people affected by this disaster, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disasters, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. You can visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation, to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

**You can also donate by simply texting the word GIVE from your cell phone to the number 24357 and donate $5 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.**

You can also donate to help the victims of the Murfreesboro tornadoes at any Middle Tennessee Kroger store at the register as you check out. Just tell the cashier you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross for the Central Tennessee tornadoes.

The Red Cross is NOT accepting any donations of clothing, furniture or any other material items. If you would like to volunteer, the CITY OF MURFREESBORO is asking you to call (615) 890-1934.


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