Nine US states have experienced major devastation from at least 40 tornadoes that have ripped through the South and Midwest. To help with relief efforts, Simpson Strong-Tie is donating $15,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

The state of Kentucky was hardest hit, reporting at least 74 confirmed fatalities. The storms are considered the deadliest tornado system ever in the state. The death toll across the affected areas is expected to reach the hundreds. Thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed, and many people are still without power.

The American Red Cross is on the ground assessing damage and helping those impacted across the affected states. The organization has opened emergency shelters in Kentucky and Tennessee, and is providing relief supplies and meals. To make a contribution and aid in disaster recovery efforts, visit or send a donation to your local Red Cross chapter.

In addition to monetary donations, the Red Cross is in critical need of blood donations. If you would like to donate blood, make an appointment at a location near you by going to