TOLEDO, Ohio, January 31, 2017 — We are saddened by the loss of life and destruction of property created by the devastating tornadoes and storms that recently ripped through portions of the Southeast United States. At least 60 tornadoes ripped through Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and surrounding states in a single weekend, taking the lives of at least 20 individuals. Dozens struck in darkness overnight and affected over 1,100 homes – reducing many to rubble. The destruction is so severe that some neighborhoods are just beginning cleanup efforts.
The current best estimate (as of January 24) is that the Red Cross will spend more than $1 million helping the people affected by these tornadoes and storms by providing food, shelter, blankets, cots, emotional support, health services, relief supplies and initial casework support. It also includes some of the costs that make relief possible including logistics, staff, and technology expenses to support such a significant disaster. At this time, the Red Cross and community partners have already served over 74,000 meals and snacks, distributed over 22,000 relief items, and provided 3,300 Health Services and Disaster Mental Health contacts. In addition, Red Cross has mobilized over 500 workers to help.
The immediate response by the American Red Cross and its partners to provide relief efforts is commendable and SSOE Group is contributing to assist their vital work. Please join us and our employees in helping the survivors who have lost their homes and loved ones. Click here to give via American Red Cross. Click “Southern Tornadoes and Storms” under the drop down menu to designate your donation.