UPDATED: March 10, 2022
Since the immediate aftermath of tornadoes that touched down in Iowa on Saturday, the Red Cross has been supporting those affected. The Red Cross, working with partners and staying in contact with local emergency management officials, has been working day and night to address the immediate needs of those impacted by the storm.
Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted. So many people have been picking up the pieces—literally—since Saturday night. Many have lost their homes and all that was in their homes. We are also saddened by the loss of life. In the coming days, the Red Cross will have Care Condolence Teams available to meet with and provide support to families. We stand with our fellow Iowans during this challenging time.
Dozens of Red Cross volunteers have answered the call to assist in the response. In the days since the tornadoes, the Red Cross has:
Offered support to partners who opened shelters and reception centers.
Deployed Emergency Response Vehicles to areas most severely impacted to distribute more than 1,000 snacks and nearly 500 emergency relief supplies.
Conducted damage assessment and began to set up casework with those affected to help identify their needs and plan for their next steps.
Made more than 55 health and mental health services contacts, and also more than 30 spiritual care contacts with area residents.
We will continue to coordinate with local officials and community partners to determine how we can best support the community in the days ahead.