S. Louisiana Red Cross to help tornado victims

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge chapter of the American Red Cross is helping people in Arkansas and several other states affected by the devastating tornadoes that have hit the region since Sunday.

A south Louisiana volunteer will leave Tuesday for Arkansas to manage Red Cross health services as other volunteers are trained and ready to help.

Shelters in Arkansas opened their doors to more than 200 people. Those shelters were either opened or supported by Red Cross workers. The Red Cross is also providing health and mental health services, and food, throughout the affected areas.

If you're trying to reach family in an affected area, keep checking text messages, social media posts or the Red Cross Safe and Well registry at http://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Connecting by phone is difficult in some areas.

The best way to help after disaster is to make a financial contribution to make sure those affected get exactly what they need. Give by calling 800-RED-CROSS, clicking on www.redcross.org, or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation via your cell phone bill.

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