Red Cross Continues Severe Weather Response: Day 2

The Red Cross has issued a Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) call, and our outreach volunteers and staff are assessing the damage to determine the communities’ needs, said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross disaster services

SHUQUALAK, MISS., APRIL 12, 2013—The American Red Cross Mississippi Region has boots on the ground in Clarke, Forest, Jasper, Kemper and Noxubee today as disaster response continues resulting from yesterday’s tornado and storms which left thousands without power.

Emergency response vehicles are providing mass care including hot meals for emergency responders and members of the affected communities in those counties. Staff and volunteer teams are also in the area providing client case work with assistance for displaced families.

"The Red Cross has issued a Disaster Assessment Team (DAT) call, and our outreach volunteers and staff are assessing the damage to determine the communities’ needs," said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross disaster services. "Outreach teams will also determine client service delivery, including food, shelter and clothing for people with emergency or immediate needs."

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

For assistance with immediate, disaster-related 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.

Photo Caption: Homes were destroyed and several severely damaged after a tornado hit Shuqualak. Photo Credit: Selena Standifer/Red Cross

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