VILONIA, Ark. -- Sunday marks one week since the deadly EF-4 tornado tore through Central Arkansas.
When disaster struck, volunteers from the Northwest Arkansas chapter of the American Red Cross hit the road to help.
"Wherever that disaster occurs is where we are going to be. People start getting in emergency response vehicles and headed to the scene. There's hundreds down there, and 29 are from our region."
Providing meals and makeshift shelters, executive director, Les Kimbrough says it was an automatic response. "That's what we are here for. That's why we support and that's what we do."
Now, the organization is asking for some help from folks in The Natural State.
Kimbrough said, "The American Red Cross is supported by private donations and when you have these large disasters, that becomes an issue. We're actively encouraging people to support us in any way that they can. When you make a donation to the American Red Cross, it would be beneficial if you would simply make that to disaster relief, and not necessarily specify that to a certain geographical area."
Kimbrough said it's important for the organization to help neighbors in need. This tornado went all across the southeast. It affected Mississippi, it affected Alabama, and when you serve your neighbor you want to consider those people in adjoining states to be your neighbor as well.
Amidst the aftermath, he hopes folks realize the importance of being prepared.
"You need to have a plan. You need to communicate with your family, and you need to communicate with your friends. "What are we going to do in the event of an emergency, where are we going to meet, and where is our hide out spot?"
To find out how you can donate, visit www.redcross.org.