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Tornado Disaster Relief

SkillsUSA is joining the rest of the country in seeking to alleviate the suffering from the tornadoes in the southern United States. Deadly tornadoes and thunderstorms ripped through the South Wednesday, devastating dozens of cities and killing more than 300 people across five states.

The majority of the deaths have been reported in Alabama with 195 people killed, including 15 in the city of Tuscaloosa alone, where 200-mph winds swept homes off their foundations. President Obama declared a state of emergency for the search-and-rescue response in Alabama and said federal officials had their eye on the storms and would offer help as needed.

We encourage those that are able to donate to the American Red Cross. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Of course local chapters will (and should) have student-led efforts to help the victims of this disaster. We are asking for reports from our chapters and state associations on these efforts and will publish these as best practice ideas for other schools to follow.

Send your stories by clicking the “Contact Us” link at the top of this page.

Thank you for your support. I know our members will step up, as always, to provide service and support to those in need.

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