Red Cross is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers on preliminary damage assessment today. Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) members are on the ground in the affected areas assisting with lodging, food, clothing, health services and emotional support for anyone with immediate, disaster-caused needs. Red Cross is partnering with the Salvation Army for mobile and shelter feeding today and tonight.
"The Red Cross Hattiesburg Office was destroyed when a tornado ripped through that city," said Sandra Hodge, Red Cross Mississippi Region CEO. "Although the Hattiesburg Office is inoperable, we have pulled resources from our other locations and are continuing to meet the needs of those in the affected communities."
To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app, visit the Red Cross web site, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or check local media outlets. The following shelters are open.
· Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
· Petal Civic Center located at 712 South Main Street in Petal, Forrest County
· Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County
"We operate under a regional structure and share resources in multiple offices and facilities throughout Mississippi for expanded service delivery," Hodge said. "Fortunately, none of our volunteers or staff were injured during the storm."
If someone would like to help people affected by emergencies like yesterday's storms, they can visit www.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 assistance with immediate, disaster-related needs, please contact your local Red Cross office through www.mississippi-redcross.org, find us on Facebook by searching “Red Cross Mississippi” or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossMiss.