Story: Mississippi Broadcasters Care Tornado Relief Day

May 14, 2010

This story was written by Red Cross worker Janice Osborne.

The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, one of the nation’s leading state broadcast associations, asked all of their stations to sign-on to a Media Day for the American Red Cross. At least 75 stations agreed to participate in the May 12 event to focus on the efforts of the Red Cross in responding to the double-dose of storms the state received. Donations to the American Reed Cross Disaster Relief Fund were encouraged.

From Adams County to Lee County, television and radio stations across the state praised the work of the American Red Cross following the recent tornadoes and asked listeners to give what they could to the relief fund.

Mississippi Tornadoes 2010

Mississippi Tornadoes 2010 Mississippi Tornadoes 2010

“We are very grateful to the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for partnering with the Red Cross in this fundraising effort,” said Larry Bartrem, disaster fundraising officer and coordinator of the project. “The media have been extremely supportive in getting critical Red Cross information out to the public before, during and after the recent tornadoes.”

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Video: Spring Floods and Tornadoes

May 12, 2010

Check out the latest update on how we are serving communities affected by severe floods and tornadoes in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.


On the Scene: Yazoo City Tornado

April 29, 2010

Yazoo CIty Tornado

Katrina Fennell says she is thankful for the night she and her 9-year-old daughter Lily spent in a Red Cross shelter in Yazoo City.  The shelter is located about 4 miles from their home that was destroyed by a tornado, but that’s not all they lost in the storm.  Their uncle, 48- year-old Carlton Gould was killed when high winds tossed him while inside of his camper trailer home.

Thanks to a phone call warning Fennell to leave, she escaped with ten children.  She recalls seeing from the rear view mirror of her car the debris flying around as she sped away.

“I think that was when the tornado hit” she said, “it was around ten minutes after the call.”

She went to another family member’s home for safety and that evening to the Red Cross shelter.  There was plenty of food, water, and a snack for the Fennell’s when they arrived. Red Cross workers even had books and games for Lily. She and her mother smiled. Lily’s was the biggest.

“This is good for tonight, thank you,” said Fennell referring to cots the family pulled together to get some rest.


Photos: Yazoo City, MS

April 27, 2010

Photos from Yazoo City, MS response to tornadoes. Please click through for caption and courtesy information.

Yazoo City, MS Tornadoes (April 26, 2010)

Yazoo City, MS Tornadoes (April 26, 2010)


Disaster Alert: Tornado in Alabama

April 25, 2010

In addition to responding to the devastating storms in Mississippi last night, the Madison Marshall chapter in Alabama has been busy responding to damage done by tornado touchdowns in DeKalb and Marshall Counties.

The Red Cross opened 1 shelter and is providing material support to 3 others:

Boaz Senior Center
112 Church Street
Boaz, AL

The chapter has deployed Emergency Response Vehicles with shelter supplies to both Marshall and DeKalb Counties.


Video: Supply Distribution

February 9, 2010

Below are three videos. First, a walk through our warehouse of supplies in Haiti. Second, one of our volunteers explains how he’s going to distribute the supplies. Third, a look at how supplies are actually distributed to survivors.


Video: Sample Distribution Items

February 5, 2010

Tracy Reines, Director of International Disaster Response, shows you a few examples of the items we’re distributing to survivors in Haiti.


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