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Miss. Red Cross Responds to Severe Weather Damage in Multiple Counties

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JACKSON, MISS., APRIL 7, 2014—The American Red Cross Mississippi Region is responding to damage in multiple counties resulting from the recent severe weather including a tornado and localized flooding.

The Red Cross is working with the Covington County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to assist with sheltering for those affected by an early-morning tornado that ripped through several small communities in the county. More than 40 people are seeking refuge in the shelter open at the Covington County Multipurpose Center, located at 68 Collins Industrial Park Drive in Collins, Miss. A hot lunch is currently being served at the shelter for those impacted by the disaster.

The Red Cross team is also working with EMAs in Copiah, Neshoba, Noxubee, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties to assess damages and provide for immediate, emergency disaster-related needs.

"We are mobilizing volunteers in the southern and central parts of the state,” said Bob Devaney, disaster services manager for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Our Red Cross operates under a regional structure and shares resources across multiple offices and facilities throughout the state for expanded service delivery."

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.

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.