The American Red Cross is providing assistance to those whose communities were ravaged by last weekend’s tornadoes in Mississippi.
About 170 trained Red Cross disaster workers are working out of a temporary location after a tornado destroyed the Red Cross office in downtown Hattiesburg, providing shelter, meals, health services, relief items and emotional support. The Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local emergency managers to identify what people need most to assist them on their road to recovery.
"The Red Cross is focused on meeting people’s emergency needs and continues to move volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities,” said Charles Blake, director of relief operations, American Red Cross. “We’re also continuing to monitor the weather patterns and rising water levels and are prepared to open additional shelters if needed.”
Several service delivery sites are open throughout the area where residents may receive health services, emotional support and disaster relief items. Emergency response vehicles are distributing relief items and meals in the affected neighborhoods, and the Red Cross is partnering with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Salvation Army for mobile and shelter feeding, serving meals and distributing relief items.
If someone needs to find a shelter, they can download the free Red Cross Hurricane app for mobile devices, visit redcross.org, or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by registering on the secure Red Cross Safe and Well website.
SAFETY INFORMATION As people begin to clean up their properties clean-up, Red Cross has several safety steps that should be followed:
Flooding is a possibility is several Mississippi counties. People should continue listening to weather reports for the latest updates on flood warnings and watches. Follow these Red Cross flood safety tips.