Red Cross begins Individual Service Delivery in Storm-damaged Communities

HATTIESBURG, MS, MONDAY, February 18, 2013 — Red Cross began individual service delivery through client casework this weekend in Mississippi communities affected by recent tornadoes and flooding.

Yesterday, Red Cross delivered 2,300 meals, 17,000 snacks and 1,200 disaster relief items to the people of South and Central Mississippi who were impacted by the February 10 tornado and subsequent flooding.

"Although, the majority of the needs in Mississippi have been met through sheltering, feeding and distribution of supplies for comfort and cleanup, Red Cross client casework services will help us determine needs on an individual basis,” said Charles Blake, disaster operations director for the American Red Cross. “We are partnering with FEMA and MEMA to support the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) opening this week in the affected counties.”

Red Cross caseworkers will be on-hand at the Centers to help individuals with immediate, disaster-related needs by meeting with them one-on-one to provide guidance and support during the recovery process.

For a list of FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers current locations and hours of operation, visit www.msema.org.

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.

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) have responded in Attala, Forrest, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Perry and Wayne counties. Red Cross is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers.

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 and subsequent flooding, 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.