Storm relief continues in region

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Relief organizations began phasing in social service work on Tuesday while continuing to meet the immediate physical needs of victims of this weekend’s storms.
The Red Cross of Northeast Mississippi kept up its work in Alcorn, Benton, Tippah and Lafayette counties, cooking hundreds of hot meals from its five emergency response vehicles, or ERVs.
Cheryl Kocurek, the organization’s emergency services director, said five more ERVs were being deployed Tuesday evening to help feed the hungry, some of whom are still without power.
Kocurek has been working out of the Crossroads Arena in Corinth, where Tuesday afternoon only two evacuees remained after having been chased from their homes by the storm.
Nearby, at the Combs Court apartments, residents of more than 70 units continued to deal with the devastation caused by wind and high water. At the request of the city of Corinth, the Tupelo Salvation Army’s new ERV fed the victims as they sorted through the damage.
Both the Red Cross and The Salvation Army will deploy case workers today to further assess damage throughout a five-county area and to begin making referrals, putting victims in touch with other organizations to provide what they need.
Kocurek said health care professionals, including nurses and mental health personnel, are contributing to the effort.
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross today will distribute cleanup kits containing buckets, gloves, chemical cleaners and other necessary items.
The Red Cross is distributing the kits, as well as hygiene items, from its bases of operation in Ashland and Walnut, and residents of Tippah and Alcorn counties can obtain kits from The Salvation Army at 2200 Lackey Drive in Corinth.
Contact Galen Holley at (662) 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com.