Red Cross Miss. Disaster Response Update

Globetrotters in Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Martha Duvall, martha.duvall@redcross.org, (228) 369-9886 (cell)

HATTIESBURG, MISS., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 — In response to the tornadoes and storms that have hit Mississippi in the past three weeks, American Red Cross Volunteers have responded in Attala, Covington, Forrest, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties. Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers.

Client caseworkers are in the impacted neighborhoods and on location in multiple FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers set-up in the impacted counties. Red Cross caseworkers are helping individuals with immediate, disaster-related needs by meeting with them one-on-one to provide guidance and support during their recovery process. For a list of FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers locations and hours of operation, visit www.msema.org.

Disaster-affected residents may also visit the following location FRIDAY, March 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one-on-one Red Cross casework services:

  • First Trinity Baptist Church, 621 Mobile Street in Hattiesburg
  • Red Cross health services and mental health workers continue to meet with families that have disaster-caused health and emotional needs. Red Cross is working with community partners and agencies to identify appropriate resources for any remaining emergency needs.

    The following shelter is currently open but scheduled to close soon. Red Cross caseworkers have been working with the one remaining shelter resident to help identify resources and transition into a more permanent housing solution.

  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis (Note: scheduled to close at noon on Friday, February 29)
  • If someone would like to help people affected by emergencies like yesterday's storms, they can visit mississippi-redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those affected. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross Office.

    For more information, contact your local Red Cross Office, search “Red Cross Mississippi” on Facebook or follow @RedCrossMiss on Twitter. For a list of Red Cross Offices and contact numbers, visit mississippi-redcross.org.

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    Pictured Above: Red Cross volunteers helping with disaster relief efforts in South and Central Mississippi were treated to an evening with the Harlem Globe Trotters last night at the Reed Green Coliseum on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg. The Globe Trotters publically thanked all the volunteers helping with the community's recovery efforts. (Photo: American Red Cross)