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.