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Red Cross Boots on the Ground Help Counties Affected by disasters

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer

JACKSON, MISS., THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014— More than 50 American Red Cross disaster workers are still serving as “boots on the ground,” helping Mississippians affected by this week’s severe weather events.

"Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to work with our community and government partners to identify and assess the emerging needs of the affected communities,” said Bob Devaney, disaster services manager for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region.

Red Cross caseworkers are meeting individually with Covington County residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Monday’s EF-2 tornado, as well as residents affected by flooding in seven counties.

Additionally, the Red Cross is staffing MEMA’s emergency operations center (EOC) in Jackson and monitoring river and weather conditions in anticipation of sheltering needs if more flooding occurs.