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Red Cross Helping Mississippians with Long Term Recovery from Tornadoes

OKC family speaks with Red Cross volunteer
"Our work is not done yet."

Red Cross Helping Mississippians with Long Term Recovery from Tornadoes Almost a week after the severe weather has cleared; American Red Cross volunteers and staff continue to help Mississippians get their lives and homes back in order. Even as the Red Cross is on the ground providing shelter, food and supplies at the time of the disaster, our volunteers begin creating community recovery plans, while trained caseworkers offer persona support and comfort to those whose lives have been turned upside down. 

Red Cross damage assessment teams have been in 9 counties assessing the damage and have preliminary damage assessment numbers of homes destroyed and affected. However, Red Cross damage assessment teams are not complete and are still in impacted areas conducting surveys. 

  • Destroyed homes: 113 
  • Major damage: 45 
  • Minor damage: 63
  • Affected: 47
  •  TOTAL: 268 homes 

On December 23rd, Red Cross quickly mobilized teams to storm damaged areas of the Mississippi Region resulting from tornadoes that ripped through seven counties in North Mississippi. Almost a week later, the Red Cross continues to have teams on the ground helping residents with resources and services. As of Monday, the following services have been provided: 

  • Over 3,400 meals and snacks have been served 
  • 6 emergency response vehicles have been deployed 
  • Over 1,300 bulk supplies such as tarps, gloves and rakes have been distributed 
  • 91 total Red Cross workers on the job (86% are volunteers) 
  • Over 180 health and mental health consultations provided

“Our work is not done yet,” said Robert Devaney, regional disaster officer of the Red Cross Mississippi Region. “We will continue to have a presence in the communities helping families get back on their feet by connecting them with the community resources they need.”

Community and government partnerships allow Red Cross to connect disaster victims with the organizations equipped to carry out specialized recovery activities, such as housing repairs, assistance and mental health resources. Together, we are providing resources for a family’s return to normalcy and helping communities develop recovery strategies and prepare for future severe weather disasters. 

HOW TO HELP: Red Cross disaster assistance is free. Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like the Mississippi tornadoes can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.