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Red Cross Provides Hope and Compassion for Flood Victims

PASCAGOULA, MS – Now that the waters have receded, volunteers and staff from the American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter are on the ground in impacted neighborhoods helping Jackson Countians affected by the flood. Red Cross emergency response vehicles (ERVs) are on the move in water-soaked neighborhoods in Pascagoula and Moss Point providing clean-up kits and emotional support to impacted-residents. Disaster assessment teams are in affected neighborhoods in Gautier, Pascagoula and Moss Point. Once their assessments are completed, client casework will begin.

Red Cross provided assistance to four people in the shelter last night with hot meals, clothing and emotional support; the shelter closed this morning after the final four evacuees secured alternate lodging.

“Red Cross is continuing to work with local emergency officials and community partners to help those impacted by the flood get back on their feet,” said Jay Huffstatler, chapter executive. “Our volunteers are on the ground in Jackson County providing help and hope.”

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safe.

• Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.

• Before entering your home, look outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks or other damages.

• Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into your home with the floodwater.

• If you smell natural or propane gas or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call the fire department.

• If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.

• Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater.

• When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.

• During cleanup, wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots.

• Make sure your food and water are safe. Discard items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, plastic utensils and baby bottle nipples. When in doubt, throw it out!

• Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of severe weather events in Mississippi by making a financial gift to 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, donate online at www.redcross.org/mississippi, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to any of the local Red Cross Offices in Mississippi.

For assistance with disaster-caused needs, please contact your local Red Cross office through www.mississippi-redcross.org, find us on Facebook by searching “Red Cross Mississippi” or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

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About the American Red Cross:

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 redcross.org/mississippi, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.