In the wake of the most destructive tornado outbreak of the year, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has offered medical assistance to 529 nonprofit health center partners in 18 states located near areas affected by Sunday’s deadly string of storms.
At least 18 people are reported dead, hundreds more are injured, and thousands are still without power following 31 recorded tornadoes that touched down across the Midwest and South, reports NBC News. Arkansas was the hardest hit state with 16 recorded deaths.
As clean up efforts begin, will stand ready to respond to any requests for assistance that may arise. Clean up and rescue activities can cause as many injuries as the storm itself. Falling objects and sharp debris, like nails, can cause acute wounds and put people at risk of contracting bacterial diseases, such as tetanus. Damaged power lines, gas lines, or electrical systems can increase risk of fire, electrocution, or an explosion.
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