Press Release:

Individual Service Delivery, Red Cross Priority in Miss. Communities

HATTIESBURG, Miss., TUESDAY, February 19, 2013—Red Cross continues individual service delivery through client casework this week in South and Central Mississippi communities affected by recent tornadoes and flooding.

Client caseworkers are in the impacted neighborhoods and on location in the multiple FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers 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.  For a list of FEMA/MEMA Disaster Recovery Centers locations and hours of operation, visit www.msema.org.

“Red Cross isartnering with FEMA and MEMA to support their Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) open in the affected counties, said Charles Blake, disaster operations director for the American Red Cross. “Additionally, we are continuing to feed, shelter and distribute disaster relief supplies to those in need.”

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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