(FLOWOOD, MS) October 6, 2016 – The American Red Cross is proactively readying its workers and resources in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew in order to be ready to respond quickly.
Here in Mississippi, 25 trained Red Cross workers have deployed to Florida and Georgia to assist with evacuation shelters and to help prepare; Mississippi Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles and their drivers have deployed as well; and experienced leadership staff are on standby should their expertise be needed to help run Red Cross disaster relief operations in affected areas.
"The American Red Cross is on high-alert status," said Anna Rogers, spokesperson for the Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Preparedness is the most important thing right now."
As Florida, Georgia and North Carolina prepare for Hurricane Matthew, more Red Cross volunteers from across the country are ready to support with emergency needs, first aid, logistics, relief distributions, shelter support and damage assessments.
WHAT MISSISSIPPIANS CAN DO NOW
HOW TO HELP
In the immediate aftermath of a large disaster, the best way to help is to make a financial contribution to aid agencies responding. Once emergency response agencies have established their response structure, you can also reach out to find out what specific needs have arisen and the best way to help meet those needs. Do not drive into the affected area to deliver goods to volunteer unless you have already coordinated with an aid agency to confirm the need for your help and the ability to utilize it.
People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support disasters big and small.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies 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 or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossMiss.