Miss. Red Cross Mobilizes Local Volunteers, Vehicles and Supplies

Red Cross disaster volunteers Wayne Long and Donna Harrison

Red Cross disaster volunteers Wayne Long and Donna Harrison "rolled-out" of the East Central Miss. Chapter office in Meridian a few minutes ago. The team is taking relief supplies and an emergency response vehicle to assist with Red Cross response

We are strategically mobilizing volunteers, staff and supplies from our chapters closest to the affected communities.

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region is mobilizing local volunteers, vehicles and relief supplies into the areas of the state most heavily impacted by last night’s severe weather. Red Cross continues to work with local emergency management agencies to determine disaster relief needs in their respective counties.

"We are strategically mobilizing volunteers, staff and supplies from our chapters closest to the affected communities," said Bob Devaney, Regional Disaster Services Director for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Utilizing our pre-positioned resources closest to the impacted areas ensures the most efficient and effective Red Cross response possible.”

Red Cross health and mental health teams are responding to the needs of the two Miss. families with confirmed disaster-related fatalities.

The American Red Cross Mississippi Region comprises five chapters— Northwest, Northeast, Capital River, East Central and South Mississippi.

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 www.redcross.org/mississippi, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation; charges will be applied to the cell phone bill.