• Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

American Red Cross Deploys Volunteers due to Saturday Tornado


The American Red Cross is deploying volunteers to help with Saturday’s tornado. They’re surveying homes, accessing damage while also following CDC guidelines due to COVID-19.

Director of the Northeast Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross say's volunteers are out helping.

"We have sent teams out doing disaster assessment which tells us how many homes we have affected, major damage and destroyed. It gives us an idea of how big an operation this is.”

Knapp- Carver says Red Cross volunteers are about eighty percent done with those disaster assessments on homes.

So far 149 homes have been deemed by the red cross to be severely damaged or destroyed.

This number is expected to increase. The Red Cross' Josh Egbert says they are having to approach their assessments differently due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

“We’re in a world right now with COVID-19 so that’s just a little different right now. We’re not doing any face-to-face contact and we’re doing the six-foot distance from residents. A lot of stuff is being done over the phone."

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