Red Cross Ready to Respond as Possible Severe Weather Threats MS

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“Red Cross is prepared and ready to respond should a severe weather event impact the state today. Currently, we are on standby and ready to assist if needed,” said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross disaster services.

Disaster Response Update for Miss. Tornado and Service Delivery

SHUQUALAK, MISS., SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013 — The American Red Cross urges Mississippians to take steps now to stay safe as severe weather threatens the state this afternoon and evening.

“Red Cross is prepared and ready to respond should a severe weather event impact the state today. Currently, we are on standby and ready to assist if needed,” said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross disaster services. “We encourage everyone to prepare now.”

Mobile feeding, bulk distribution delivery and outreach will continue in the disaster affected communities.

“To ensure the safety of our volunteers and staff, we will suspend a portion of service delivery during times of potential inclement weather this afternoon, as storms are predicted to move through the area,” said Kocurek.

Disaster Response Update

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are responding in Noxubee and Kemper counties. Red Cross is working with Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers. Two emergency aid stations are open in Shuqualak Town and Fred's in Dekalb from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Red Cross continues individual service delivery through client casework this week in communities affected by recent tornadoes and flooding. Red Cross health services and mental health workers will continue to meet with families that have disaster-caused health and emotional needs. The agency also continues to work with community partners and agencies to identify appropriate resources for any remaining emergency needs.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. To make contributions, donate online at www.redcross.org/mississippi, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any of the local Red Cross offices in Mississippi.

If residents still have disaster-caused needs specifically related to the April 11 tornadoes, they can call the local Red Cross office, search “Red Cross Mississippi” on Facebook or follow @RedCrossMiss on Twitter. For a list of Red Cross offices and contact numbers, visit www.redcross.org/mississippi.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supports the supply of about 40 percent of the nation’s blood, teaches skills that save lives, provides international humanitarian aid and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/mississippi, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

Photo Caption: Red Cross assistance continues for the disaster affected communities that hit on April 11. Todd Mosley/Red Cross