Red Cross distributing cleanup kits to families impacted by weekend tornado

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The American Red Cross of Northeast Arkansas continues to help individuals affected by last weekend’s tornado damage. Residents whose homes sustained major damage and who have not yet contacted the Red Cross are encouraged to call the Disaster Assistance Hotline at (417) 447-7180.

The hotline will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Friday, April 3. It will also be open Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Due to the high volume of calls, residents may need to leave a message and are asked to leave detailed information for a call back. To reach the Red Cross outside of the above hours, call the Jonesboro chapter office at (870) 932-3212.

Red Cross responders remain out in the community providing supplies to residents affected by the storm damage. More than 130 comfort kits and nearly 20 clean up kits have been distributed to residents.

Red Cross clean-up kits include bleach, a bucket, scrubbers and sponges, mops, brooms, long-handle squeegees, garbage bags, and gloves. Comfort kits are basic health care items like washcloths, soap, and mouthwash. Nearly 100 pairs of gloves and 40 rakes have also been handed out.

The safety and wellbeing of both our workforce and our community members is the top priority for the Red Cross, the organization said. Red Cross teams are coordinating closely with local emergency officials and observing current guidelines for social distancing and appropriate health-safety precautions.

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