Press Release: Red Cross Continues Relief Effort in Storm-ravaged Miss. Counties

February 14, 2013

HATTIESBURG, MS, THURSDAY, February 14, 2013—The American Red Cross continues relief efforts today in storm-ravaged communities throughout Central and South Mississippi.

Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are on the ground in the affected counties with additional relief workers and supplies arriving daily. Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local emergency managers to identify what people need most to assist them on their road to recovery.

“Red Cross is focused on meeting people’s emergency needs and continues to move volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities,” said Charles Blake, director of relief operations, American Red Cross. “We’re also continuing to monitor the weather patterns and rising water levels and are prepared to open additional shelters if needed.”

Red Cross has established eight Service Delivery sites where residents may receive health services, emotional support and disaster relief items. Hours of operations are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Locations are as follows:

  • Lot adjacent to the Red Cross office site, 606 Hutchinson Avenue, Hattiesburg
  • Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Office, 660 Weatherly Road, Hattiesburg
  • Dollar General Store, 121 South Main Street, Petal
  • Mt. Carmel Church, 1101 North Main Street, Hattiesburg
  • First Trinity Church, 7th and Mobile Street, Hattiesburg
  • Temple Baptist Church, Bellwood Road at Hwy. 11, Oak Gove Community
  • West Point Baptist Church, 184 Hartfield Road, Hattiesburg
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, 900 East 8th Street, Hattiesburg

The Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army are partnering with Red Cross for mobile and shelter feeding, and are on the move serving meals and distributing relief items. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are in affected communities delivering bulk distribution items and meals.

To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit mississippi-redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org. The following shelters are open.

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County

There are 170 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and emergency supplies like cleanup kits and comfort kits to people in need.

Anyone seeking assistance with disaster-related needs, should contact their 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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Press Release: N.W. Georgia Red Cross Continues Assistance in Bartow and Gordon Counties

February 13, 2013

N.W. Georgia Red Cross Continues Assistance in Bartow and Gordon Counties
Information Available by Calling 706-291-6648

ATLANTA, February 13, 2013 — Beginning today, all Red Cross disaster services for families impacted by the recent tornado will be centralized at the Red Cross’ Northwest Georgia Chapter (112 John Maddox Dr. NW, Rome, GA 30165), which serves Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Polk, Walker and Whitfield Counties. Anyone still in need of help from the Red Cross is asked to call 706-291-6648 to speak with a Red Cross caseworker.
Working one-on-one with families, Red Cross caseworkers can help develop a plan for recovery and provide emergency assistance for such things as food, clothing, relocation, prescription replacement, emotional support and referrals for additional resources.

“Though the emergency phase of our response has ended the Red Cross is not going away”, said Terri Badour- Duckett, CEO of Georgia’s Red Cross. “The caring staff and volunteers from our Northwest Georgia Chapter will maintain a constant presence in the community while continuing to assist those who were impacted by the storms.”

More than 150 Red Cross disaster responders have supported tornado and severe weather relief efforts in Georgia since January 30th. To date, Red Cross caseworkers have provided direct assistance for some 100 families in tornado-stricken Bartow and Gordon counties. The Red Cross has also provided more than 91 overnight shelter stays for displaced families and served more than 1,531 meals at NW Georgia shelters and through mobile outreach in partnership with the Salvation Army. Another 7,700 bottles of water and snacks, and more than 800 items such as clean-up kits, work gloves, pails and rakes were distributed in affected communities.


Press Release: Red Cross Responding in Storm Affected Miss. Counties

February 13, 2013

Red Cross Responding in Storm Affected Miss. Counties

HATTIESBURG, MS, WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2013—The American Red Cross continues response today in communities throughout Central and South Mississippi.

Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are on the ground in the affected counties. Red Cross is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and local emergency managers to continue damage assessment.

“Red Cross is focused on people’s emergency needs and has moved volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities,” said Charles Blake, Director of Relief Operations, American Red Cross. “We are continuing to monitor the weather patterns and are on alert to provide additional assistance to the citizens of South Mississippi as needed. We’re also expanding our partnership with community and faith-based organizations to meet the needs in our communities.”

Red Cross is opening four Emergency Aid Stations today to provide health services and emotional support; the stations will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locations:

- Property adjacent to destroyed Red Cross office, 606 Hutchinson Ave. in Hattiesburg;

- Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Office, 753 Weatherly Rd. in Purvis;

- Dollar General Store, 121 South Main Street in Petal;

- Mt. Carmel Church, 1101 North Main Street in Hattiesburg

The Southern Baptist Convention and The Salvation Army are partnering with Red Cross for mobile and shelter feeding, and are on the move serving meals and distributing relief items. Emergency Aid Stations were setup today in Petal and Hattiesburg distributing food, water and emergency supplies, and providing health services and emotional support. Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) are in affected communities delivering bulk distribution items.

To find a Red Cross shelter, people can download the Red Cross Hurricane app (http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/hurricane-app), visit mississippi-redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org. The following shelters are open.

  • Forrest County 361 Shelter on Sullivan Road off Hwy. 49 South in Hattiesburg, Forrest County
  • Lamar County Community Center at 99 Central Industrial Road in Purvis, Lamar County
    • Indian Springs Baptist Church, 500 Indian Springs Church Road, Laurel, Jones County

Nearly 100 trained Red Cross disaster workers are providing emotional support, food, water and emergency supplies like cleanup kits and comfort kits to people in need.

Anyone seeking assistance with disaster-related needs, should contact their 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.

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.

Those affected can let loved ones know they are safe by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well website. The site is secure and people can register by visiting www.redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. This site also connects with the Twitter and Facebook accounts of users.

 

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PRESS RELEASE: Red Cross, Mayor’s Fund, and Robin Hood Foundation launch $15 Million Mold Remediation project in NYC

February 1, 2013

MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO ADDRESS WATER DAMAGE AND MOLD IN NEIGHBORHOODS HARDEST HIT BY HURRICANE SANDY 

Unique Public-Private Partnership to Help Expand Mold Treatment Assistance in Affected Neighborhoods

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations today announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Since Hurricane Sandy, the City has provided comprehensive guidance on how to safely and effectively treat mold, and has collaborated with the Environmental Contractors Association to supply homeowners and volunteers with proper equipment to remove it. While homeowners can use FEMA assistance to address mold, costs can be significant, and there is no direct Federal funding available for mold remediation. Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City is launching a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. In partnership with the American Red Cross and the Robin Hood Foundation, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring a $15 million remediation program that will be administered by Neighborhood Revitalization NYC, an affiliate of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a community development not-for-profit corporation with 30 years of experience working in New York City. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment that will be performed at no cost to the homeowner by private contractors and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to the direct mold treatment program, the Mayor’s Fund is sponsoring new awareness and safe practice trainings on mold treatment work. These free training sessions will take place in many of the hardest hit communities to educate homeowners and volunteers on how to effectively treat mold, and thousands of mold supply kits will be distributed at no cost. Read the rest of this entry »


Press Release: Red Cross Shelter is Open to Assist Storm Victims

January 30, 2013

NASHVILLE, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – In the aftermath of the violent storms and tornadoes that swept through the state last night, the American Red Cross is currently assisting 30 local families across 10 counties in Middle and Western Tennessee today. Affected counties include: Chester, Davidson, Fayette, Henderson, Hickman, Madison, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson. The number of families and the geographical area that was affected continues to grow as the Red Cross receives notifications of additional damage in other areas. An emergency shelter has been set up to provide a safe place to stay for those who need it.

WHAT: Emergency shelter location
WHO: Local residents affected by overnight storms
WHY: To help meet emergency disaster-caused needs
WHEN: Wednesday, January 30th
WHERE:
Northside Church of Christ
1375 Old Hickory Blvd.,
Nashville, TN

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Press Release: Red Cross Responds to Weekend Disasters in East Central Mississippi

January 14, 2013

Red Cross Responds to Weekend Disasters in East Central Mississippi

LAUREL, MS, Monday, January 14, 2013—The American Red Cross is responding to damage reported on Jordan Sumrall Road in Wayne County near Buckatanna following severe weather last night. Red Cross disaster action team (DAT) members from the East Central Chapter are on the ground in the affected area and are ready to assist with lodging, food, clothing, health services and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-related needs.

Red Cross also provided food and water to Wayne County emergency workers and electric company employees who were on-scene overnight and throughout the morning working to restore power to the affected area.

Over the weekend Red Cross also responded to house fires in the following counties: Jones, Jasper, Winston and Noxubee.


Press Release: Red Cross Assistance still available to Miss. Families hit by Christmas Day Storms

December 31, 2012

Red Cross Assistance still available to Miss. Families hit by Christmas Day Storms

JACKSON, MS, Monday, December 31, 2012—Red Cross is still providing assistance to families hit by the Christmas Day in Mississippi. Individual service delivery through client casework continues today in damaged communities.

“Our extensive relief efforts are winding down as the needs decrease,” said Gordon Stewart, disaster operations manager. “The majority of the power has been restored and many families have returned to their homes.”

Residents in Central and South Mississippi with any remaining disaster-caused needs related to the Christmas Day storms may contact the United Way or Red Cross to determine if other recovery assistance may be available from community partners.

United Way – 211
Red Cross

  • Biloxi Office – 228-896-4511
  • Brookhaven Office – 601-833-2771
  • Hattiesburg Office – 601-582-8151
  • Jackson Office – 601-353-5442

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Press Release: Red Cross continues Client Casework in Miss. Communities affected by Christmas Day Storms

December 31, 2012

Red Cross continues Client Casework in Miss. Communities affected by Christmas Day Storms

JACKSON, MS, Sunday, December 29, 2012—Red Cross continues individual service delivery through client casework today in the Mississippi communities damaged by the Christmas Day storms.

“Red Cross health services and mental health workers are meeting with families that have disaster-caused health and emotional needs,” said Gordon Stewart, disaster operations manager. “Red Cross will continue to work with community partners and agencies to identify appropriate resources for any remaining emergency needs families may have.”

Residents in Central and South Mississippi with any remaining needs specifically related to the Christmas Day storms may contact the following numbers to help determine if other community partners can assist with their recovery.

United Way – 211

Red Cross

  • Biloxi Office – 228-896-4511
  • Brookhaven Office – 601-833-2771
  • Hattiesburg Office – 601-582-8151
  • Jackson Office – 601-353-5442

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Press Release: Red Cross Responding in Communities throughout the State

December 27, 2012

Red Cross Responding in Communities throughout the State

JACKSON, MS, Wednesday, December 26, 2012— JACKSON, MS, Thursday, December 27, 2012—The American Red Cross is responding today in communities throughout Central and South Mississippi hit by the Christmas Day storms.

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DAT) are responding in Amite, Clarke, Jones, Forest, Pearl River, Stone and Wilkinson counties. Red Cross is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers.

“Red Cross volunteers and staff are on the scene where damaged occurred and are assisting with immediate, disaster-caused needs,” said Sandra Hodge, Red Cross Mississippi Region CEO.

Red Cross is focused on people’s emergency needs and has moved volunteers, equipment and supplies into affected communities. Emergency response vehicles are on the move serving meals and distributing relief items. Red Cross is providing people with food, shelter and other emergency supplies such as clean-up kits, blankets, flashlights, batteries, rakes, tarps, trash bags, work gloves, shovels and dust masks.

The Pearl River Baptist Association shelter will be open again tonight for anyone affected by the storms and needing a warm place to stay and a hot meal. The shelter is located at 1376 McNeil Steephollow Road in Carriere and is supported by the Red Cross. For a list of items to bring with you to the shelter, visit www.mississippi-redcross.org.

Anyone seeking assistance with disaster-related needs, should contact their 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.

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.

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Press Release: Red Cross Responds to Storm Damage Across Mississippi

December 26, 2012

Red Cross Responds to Storm Damage Across Mississippi

JACKSON, MS, Wednesday, December 26, 2012—The American Red Cross is responding to damage reported in 10 Mississippi counties following severe weather last night.

Red Cross is working with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and local Emergency Managers in the following counties: Lamar, Forrest, Stone, Pearl River, Wilkinson, Lawrence, Hinds, Jones, Clarke and Lauderdale. 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.

As people return home today to begin the clean-up, Red Cross has several safety steps that should be followed.

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