As communities try to recover from Wednesday’s severe storms, lightning strikes, and high winds; the Arkansas Red Cross is providing extra support for residents.
Brigette Williams with the Red Cross says they already have disaster response teams in Van Buren, Lincoln, and Izzard Counties.
“Our teams go through affected areas street by street to see if people need any food or snacks. We also provide water, because people need to stay hydrated,” said Williams. “People are running on adrenaline, they’ve been through a very traumatic experience, and we want to check on their wellbeing. We also have mental health professionals, who are Red Cross volunteers, making visits and checking to see how residents are doing.”
Gov. Mike Beebe declared 15 counties as disaster areas following strong storms. Williams says residents hard-hit by the severe weather can call 1-800- RED CROSS to get additional support. Click here to donate to the storm victims.