Fast Facts: Tropical Storm Debby

July 16, 2012

The following information shows our total service delivery since the beginning of the Tropical Storm Debby:

Press Release: American Red Cross Responds to Flooding in Humphreys County

July 12, 2012

July 12th, 2012- Belzoni, MS – The Northwest Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross is responding to flooding in the Delta area. Eighty people are displaced and twenty homes are affected. Disaster Action Team members are currently accessing the damage. “We will continue to monitor the rainfall and begin assisting the families with immediate needs.” said Jo Gibbons, Readiness and Response Manager.

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 disaster events in Mississippi and thousands of other disasters across the country each year by making a financial gift to American Red Cross Mississippi Region Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. To make contributions, call 800-RED-CROSS or donate online at

Press Release: American Red Cross Continual Assistance

July 10, 2012

American Red Cross Continual Assistance

Lake City, Florida July 9, 2012- The American Red Cross continues to support the community by providing safe shelter and food to those affected by flooding left behind by Tropical Storm Debby. In the shelters, Red Cross client caseworkers are identifying client needs while disaster mental health and health services nurses provided counseling as required. Additionally the caseworkers are providing referrals for assistance to partner agencies. While in shelters the Red Cross assists them in engaging federal assistance through FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) or calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362. The FEMA website is

As shelter populations decline and client emergency needs are met, the Red Cross either consolidates or closes facilities. Often times these community members return to the life style in which they engaged before disaster forced them to seek shelter. During the long term recovery of the communities affected by Tropical Storm Debby, the Red Cross will remain active assisting affected members of the community and collaborating with our community partners to assist in long term recovery.

American Red Cross shelters close when the immediate needs of our clients have been met. The Red Cross and our partners are present to be involved with the client’s long term recovery assistance planning.

Throughout the Tropical Storm Debby disaster relief the American Red Cross has provided safe shelters for 1186 residents with 44 remaining in shelters as of July 8th, 2012. Residents have received 16,279 meals and 62,801 snacks, 3076 cleanup kits, and 11,726 comfort kits.


HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP Help people affected by disasters like the recent tropical storm, by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for disasters and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or text 90999 for a $10.00 donation. Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting


HOW TO FIND RED CROSS SHELTERS People who have been forced to evacuate can find out where Red Cross shelters are open by going to or accessing the free Red Cross phone app. Both are refreshed with updated information every 30 minutes. Residents can also monitor local media—radio, newspaper and television—to find out where local shelters are located.


REGISTER ON SAFE AND WELL The Red Cross Safe and Well website is also available. People affected by the fires and flooding can access the site and let loved ones know where they are. There are several ways to register on Safe and Well, or search for a loved one. From a computer, visit; from a smart phone, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to be connected with one’s local Red Cross chapter.


Story: Tropical Storm Debby Disaster Relief Update

July 9, 2012

This story is written by Red Crosser Lou Palm.

Outside Florida, hundreds of Red Cross clients remain sheltered from the elements provided a safe environment, food, and disaster relief supplies. Within Florida two shelters remain open providing the same for 49 sheltered residents and several hundred in their homes. This, two weeks following the ravaging of Tropical Storm Debby.

Today Red Cross volunteers from as far away from Sacramento, California remain joined in the Lake City, Florida area staffing shelters, manning disaster relief supply points of distribution, and filling back side roles to support the 350 members of DR 642-12.

 A Red Cross warehouse worker moves disaster relief supplies at the Lake City, Florida DRO warehouse.

Red Cross clients continue to receive bulk disaster relief supplies comprised of clean-up kits, comfort kits, water, tarps, and heater meals. Additionally, client caseworkers continue to provide services to clients including financial assistance where appropriate.

As Red Cross, FEMA and community partner assistance is provided, TS Debby shelter resident numbers continue to decline. However, with elevated levels restricting access to several neighborhoods, recovery will be a long term process.

Two Red Cross volunteers provide a Lake City, Florida Resident with disaster relief supplies

The Red Cross and community partnership team remains dedicated to providing recovery assistance to the greatest extent possible while helping the clients and residents of the area move forward. As it is throughout the nation’s affected areas “thanks for your help is heard”, followed by the Red Cross reply of “we’re happy to be here”.


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