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The American Red Cross Urges Mississippi to Prepare for Flooding

JACKSON, MISS. – Heavy rains are in the forecast for the next several days for the entire state. Mississippi is prone to flooding, and the American Red Cross urges residents to take steps now to stay safe as flood waters threaten.

“The Red Cross urges residents to take a few simple steps that can help save your life during flooding," said Sandra Hodge, Red Cross Mississippi CEO. "As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death."

The Red Cross recommends the following guidelines for individuals and families to prepare for floods.

Heed Flood Warnings

•Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information.

•A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.

•A flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

•When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

Relocate During Flood Warnings

•Stay away from flood waters.

•If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way.

•If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way.

•If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.

For more information, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org and click Programs and Services/Disaster.

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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 mississippi-redcross.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.