The Red Cross is gearing up to respond to major flooding along the Mississippi River this week even as thousands of Red Cross workers continue to help people in tornado-ravaged neighborhoods across the South. Tomorrow a Red Cross of Central Maryland nursing volunteer will be leaving to assist with the efforts in Tennessee and along the Mississippi River. The volunteer is available this afternoon for interviews upon request.
Floodwaters are expected to remain in some areas for as long as two weeks and the Red Cross is preparing to shelter and feed people who live along the Mississippi for more than a month. The Red Cross has shipped thousands of cots, blankets and comfort kits into the area, and is working with state and local officials as well as community partners to ramp up the sheltering and feeding response along the river in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. More than 400 Red Cross volunteers are in the Memphis area, with more arriving in other parts of the south.
Mississippi River flooding forced more than 400 people to seek refuge in shelters in northwest Tennessee Sunday night. Another 660 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters across the South. Red Cross caseworkers, health services volunteers and mental health workers already are at work in some parts of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to tend to people’s physical and mental health needs.
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The American Red Cross shelters, feeds, and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood, teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization—not a government agency—and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.