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Red Cross Responds to Severe Weather Damage in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, MISS., FEBRUARY 10, 2013—The American Red Cross Mississippi Region is responding to damage in multiple counties resulting from this evening's severe weather.

Red Cross is currently working with the local Emergency Management Agencies in Lamar and Forrest Counties to assist with sheltering for those affected by possible tornadic activity. Early reports indicate more than 50 families may need to seek refuge in one of the two county shelters scheduled to open later this evening. Shelter times and locations will be posted at as soon as all of the details are confirmed. Residents are encouraged to stay-tuned to local media partners as well.

"The Red Cross operates under a regional structure and shares resources in multiple offices and facilities throughout Mississippi for expanded service delivery," said Joshua Joachim, Chief Operations Officer for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Although we have confirmed substantial damage to our Red Cross office in Hattiesburg rendering it inoperable, we are pulling resources from our other locations and will continue to meet the disaster-caused needs of those affected by tonight’s storms.” Additionally, no staff or volunteers were injured.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of disaster events in Mississippi and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

To make contributions call 1-800-RED CROSS, donate online at, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation; charges will be applied to the cell phone bill.


About the American Red Cross Mississippi Region:

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, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.