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Midwest volunteers sent to help those impacted by tornado in Mississippi

Two Red Cross volunteers from MN and the Dakota regions were deployed to assist those devastated by the tornadoes that touched down Friday.

ROLLING FORK, Miss — Red Cross volunteers from across the Midwest, including Minnesota, are deploying to Mississippi to help those affected by the tornadoes. 

Four volunteers, including two from Minnesota and the Dakota regions, were sent to aid those in need and additional personnel, along with equipment and emergency response vehicles, have been placed on standby, according to the Red Cross.

"The American Red Cross is deeply saddened by the loss of life and incredible devastation brought by the horrific tornado that touched down in Mississippi late Friday," said spokesperson Sue Thesenga in a released statement. "Our hearts go out to all those affected by this disaster. We are working around the clock with our partners to make sure everyone has a safe place to stay, meals, emotional support and comfort in the face of this deadly tornado."

At least 25 people were killed and multiple others injured by the massive storm that ripped through Mississippi before touching down and causing more destruction in Alabama on Sunday. According to the Red Cross, an estimated 2,000 structures "received major damage or were destroyed."

The Red Cross says more than 150 trained volunteers are currently on the ground in impacted areas of the South, and the organization is working to deploy more volunteers along with relief supplies. 

Along with tornado response, the organization continues to send volunteers to the California floods, which remain a large, widespread disaster and is now in the second month of Red Cross response.

For more information and to donate to help those affected by the storms, visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text  TORNADO to 90999 to make a donation. 


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