Red Cross Responds to Storm Damage in Eleven Miss. Counties

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Last night’s severe weather events expanded our disaster response efforts, adding Covington to the growing list of storm-affected counties, said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross job director

HATTIESBURG, MISS., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2013 — American Red Cross damage assessment teams are on the ground in Covington and Jefferson Davis counties today in response to evening storms.

“Last night’s severe weather events expanded our disaster response efforts, adding Covington to the growing list of storm-affected counties,” said Cheryl Kocurek, Red Cross job director for the disaster response operation following the February 10th tornadoes and subsequent flooding that affected 10 Mississippi counties. “Red Cross still has two shelters open and we encourage anyone who needs to seek refuge to register at one of our locations.”

Red Cross disaster response teams were already working in Jefferson Davis, Attala, Forrest, Hinds, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties. Red Cross continues to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers.

Disaster Response Update

Red Cross continues individual service delivery through client casework in South and Central Mississippi communities affected by recent tornadoes, flooding and storms. Red Cross health services and mental health workers will continue to meet with families that have disaster-caused health and emotional needs. The agency also continues to work with community partners and agencies to identify appropriate resources for any remaining emergency needs.

Client caseworkers are in the impacted neighborhoods and on location in the multiple FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) 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.

Red Cross is partnering with FEMA and MEMA to support their DRCs open in the affected counties. For a list of FEMA/MEMA recovery centers locations and hours of operation, visit www.msema.org.

To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit mississippi-redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org.

The following Red Cross-supported shelters are open.

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County
  • 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 this severe weather event in Mississippi by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief in Mississippi which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. To make contributions, donate online at www.mississippi-redcross.org, 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.

    If residents still have disaster-caused needs specifically related to the February 10 tornadoes, subsequent flooding and storms, they can call the 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 www.mississippi-redcross.org.

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