(MOBILE, Ala.) The Red Cross is used to handling disasters, but not suffering damage of its own.
Part of the roof was ripped off their new building and an emergency trailer was flipped into the street.
It was a striking picture as we drove up Thursday morning, a Red Cross Relief Trailer filled with emergency shelter supplies, flipped on its top.
Daylight revealed more damage, much more.
The tornado that hit the western edge of Midtown Mobile left now serious injuries or deaths, but plenty of damage and destruction. It played no favorites, from modest homes to a Mercedes dealer, even an organization that usually arrives after the storm, the American Red Cross.
"These are our shelter trailers," Leisle Mims with the American Red Cross said. "So, if we have to open a shelter, you can see what kind of position we're in. these trailers are moved to shelters and have the cots and blankets and supplies so we can stand up and be ready. we also lost, had damage to all of our vehicles."
To the point where the Red Cross has had to rent vehicles so they can keep doing what they do, even in the middle of, well, a disaster.
"So we're dealing with our own damage and our own disaster, but we're still responsible to respond to the community as well."