South Mississippi Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to Help in Colorado

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The Mississippi Red Cross often shares its resources of dedicated volunteers and staff with other areas when the need arises, along with other Red Cross Chapters around the country.

BILOXI, MISS., WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 — American Red Cross volunteers from across the nation are responding to the Colorado flooding disaster. Four Mississippi Region volunteers from the South Mississippi Chapter are deploying this morning, with more deployments anticipated in the coming days and weeks.

Red Cross volunteers and staff members train throughout the year to provide specific services based on their skill sets and interests. The Mississippi Red Cross often shares its resources of dedicated volunteers and staff with other areas when the need arises, along with other Red Cross Chapters around the country. The following Mississippi Red Cross disaster assessment volunteers are currently deploying to Colorado, honoring their commitment to help those in need.

• David and Ann Loveless from Petal, Miss.

• Gloria Harlan from Biloxi, Miss.

• Sue Jordan from Beaumont, Miss.

The South Mississippi team is departing from the Biloxi-Gulfport Airport at 10:55 a.m.

How the Red Cross is Helping:

We are in the very early stages of what will be a long disaster relief and recovery process for the people of Colorado. The American Red Cross is committed to providing for the immediate emergency needs of those affected. Below is a snapshot of Red Cross activities so far.

• As many as 500 people stayed in 14 shelters Monday night in Colorado.

• More than 400 trained disaster workers are staffing shelters and evacuation centers.

• The Red Cross has mobilized more than 20 response vehicles and six truckloads of relief supplies.

• Working with community partners, the Red Cross has served more than 10,000 meals and snacks.

• Red Cross workers have provided more than 1,700 health and mental health services for those affected.

In the days to come, the Red Cross will be supporting Disaster Assistance Centers by offering relief supplies and other recovery support. The Red Cross continues to work closely with local emergency management officials and the Colorado National Guard to help ensure people get the help they need. Access to some communities is difficult due to flood waters and damaged roads. As flooded areas begin to re-open, the Red Cross will be there to assess the damage, distribute clean-up supplies and support a recovery effort that will take weeks and months. We’re already planning for that effort now.

How You Can Help:

The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission providing relief to victims of disaster and helping people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. People can help by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief:

• Visit www.redcross.org

• Text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation

• Call 1-800-RED CROSS

Financial contributions may also be sent to the local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. For more information about your local American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org/mississippi.

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.

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CUTLINE: Mississippi Red Cross disaster assessment volunteers are deploying to Colorado to help those affected by flooding. The four-person team departed the South Mississippi Chapter office in Biloxi this morning. Pictured L to R: Ann and David Loveless from Petal, Sue Jordan from Beaumont, and Gloria Harlan from Biloxi. (Photo: Martha Duvall, American Red Cross)