Note: The following appeal is now closed.  You can support our ongoing work by donating to the Canadian Red Cross


The American Red Cross is helping people in the Midwest with shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional comfort after tornadoes and severe weather destroyed homes and left thousands devastated.

Hardest hit was Oklahoma, where severe tornadoes ripped through several counties, destroying or damaging hundreds of homes and leaving thousands without power. The Red Cross is providing shelter and food, distributing relief items and clean-up supplies and working with local and state officials to ensure people get the help they need.

The Red Cross is also helping in Kansas, Iowa and Missouri, where storms left more than 71,000 people without power and is supporting communities in North Dakota, Alaska and Tennessee who have been affected by flooding.  Meanwhile, the response continues following tornadoes in Texas, where the Red Cross is still operating shelters and providing food, relief items as well as health and mental health services.

The Canadian Red Cross is monitoring the situation closely and has a roster of trained volunteers and stocks of pre-positioned supplies ready to be deployed if needed.

The 2013 Tornadoes and Severe Weather USA Fund will help support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide assistance to thousands of people affected by tornadoes and severe weather in the United States.