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Red Cross Helping Mississippians Affected by Tornado, Flooding

Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle responding to a Tornado

JACKSON, MISS., TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014—Disaster relief teams from the American Red Cross Mississippi Region are working in multiple counties impacted by the recent rash of severe weather, including a tornado that touched down in Covington County and localized flooding in communities across the state.

The Red Cross-supported shelter in Collins, Miss., will remain open until 6 p.m. today as an “information station” since no shelter residents were reported overnight. Lunch and dinner are being served at the site again today. Red Cross emergency response vehicles continue to deliver meals and relief supplies to people in the most heavily impacted areas.

"Red Cross is working closely with the emergency managers, local authorities and partner agencies in the affected communities,” said Sandra Hodge, CEO, American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "Our Red Cross teams are ‘on the ground’ helping Mississippians impacted by the devastating tornado, flooding and other recent weather events." The Red Cross is also partnering with MEMA’s emergency operations center (EOC) which opens in Jackson today at 5 p.m.