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Red Cross Fast Facts on Wichita Tornadoes

James Williams, Wichita Red Cross | | Office: (316) 219-4010 | Cellular: (316) 655-4049

Around 10 p.m., April 14, 2012, an EF3 tornado struck the Oaklawn area in the southern portion of Wichita. In the coming days, Red Cross volunteers from Wichita and around the nation were busy helping people recover.

Here is a breakdown, by the numbers, of some of the services provided after the Wichita tornado as of Sunday, April 22:

  • The Red Cross Damage Assessment Team’s final assessment report shows there were 429 homes impacted by the storm in the Wichita area. Of those, 72 were destroyed; 56 had major damage; 98 had minor damage and 203 were affected. Statewide, the tornado impacted 493 homes.
  • Red Cross volunteers operated two fixed feeding sites and delivered meals to affected areas. By the time the feeding service ended with lunch on Sunday, the Red Cross had served 12,346 meals and snacks.
  • Red Cross volunteers operated a shelter at the Derby Recreation Center from 3 a.m. Sunday, April 15, until it was closed at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22, after everyone staying there was placed in other housing. The shelter had 111 overnight stays.
  • Red Cross volunteers distributed 1,371 bulk items, including such things as shovels, rakes, gloves, trash bags.
  • 98 Red Cross volunteers and staff, locally and nationally, assisted in recovery efforts.

“Now is the time people need to reach out for our assistance,” said Bev Morlan, Midway-Kansas executive director. “We are at the Oaklawn Activity Center and available at 219-4052 to walk people through the next steps of their recovery.”

You may help people affected by disasters like tornadoes in the Wichita area as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.


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