Meridian Star

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April 18, 2014

Local Red Cross volunteers assist families

MERIDIAN — Special to The Star

    Volunteers with the American Red Cross' East Central Mississippi Chapter have been been busy assisting families impacted by severe storms throughout the state.

    "Here in the East Central Chapter area, Damage Assessment teams have been on the ground surveying the damage in affected counties, and our client casework volunteers have assisted families in Neshoba, Noxubee, Scott and Jones counties, providing food, shelter, clean up supplies and other assistance, as needed," Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Linda Lauderdale said.

    In addition, since Wednesday, Emergency Response Vehicles manned by volunteers from the East Central Mississippi and the Northwest Mississippi Chapters have been supporting search and rescue teams in Noxubee County with meals, snacks and water.

    "Red Cross volunteers have been there from the beginning ensuring all those affected have received the Red Cross assistance they’ve needed," Lauderdale said.

    Red Cross volunteers across the nation have been helping people from coast to coast – from a violent storm system that ripped through the South to helping people recover from the Oso, Washington Landslide.

    In southern Mississippi, severe storms caused flooding and tornadoes that

damaged homes in several parts of the state, including Covington Co.             Neighborhoods faced downed power lines, debris and flash flooding. Many did not know where they would sleep or where they would get their next meal.         Red Cross mobilized immediately to open a shelter, serve hot meals and comfort those in need. Disaster Action Team members circulated emergency response vehicles through the damaged neighborhoods to provide mobile food, clean-up supplies, information and comfort.

    “Red Cross is working closely with the emergency managers, local authorities and partner agencies in the affected communities,” said Sandra Hodge, CEO, American Red Cross Mississippi Region. “Our Red Cross teams are ‘on the ground’ helping Mississippians impacted by the devastating tornado, flooding and other recent weather events.”

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