No hugs or handshakes: Pandemic complicates storm relief
April 15, 2020
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — For people who lost homes to the deadly tornadoes that rampaged across the South, there are no comforting hugs from volunteers or handshakes from politicians. For homeless families, there are no Red Cross shelters, only hotel rooms.
These and other changes reflect how disaster response has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic: Workers are still trying to provide all the comfort they can, but from a distance.
Within hours of the tornado onslaught, which began Sunday and killed more than 30 people, church groups were out in damaged communities, and Southern Bapt...