American Red Cross is on the Ground after Last Night’s Storms
Organization Provides Assistance to Residents
(Wednesday, Feb.24) Mississippi Red Cross workers are in Lamar County and Pearl River County to assist those affected by the yesterday’s storms.
There is a damage assessment team on the ground to determine the extent of the damage. The work of the Red Cross in disasters is never finished. Even after a disaster, local volunteers find ways to educate people about disaster risks and get communities prepared for the next disaster.
“In the days to come, the Red Cross will be coordinating with emergency officials and local community partners to help residents impacted by the storms,” said Mississippi Red Cross CEO Ivy Williams. “Our disaster recovery work also helps ensure that communities are better prepared for the next emergency.”
People who have disaster-related needs from last night’s storms can request assistance from the Red Cross by calling 855-891-7325.
The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safe:
- Stay out of damaged buildings.
- When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
- Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately. • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles.
- If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
- Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard. • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
- Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes.