Hattiesburg's Red Cross helps with Hurricane Irene preparations

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As Hurricane Irene makes it's United States approach, the Hattiesburg Red Cross is preparing it's resources in case residents on the east coast of the country need assistance.

The South Mississippi Chapter explained that two of their emergency response vehicles are ready to feed communities along the eastern seaboard, where the storm is currently on track to impact.

Additionally, trained volunteers are on standby in case their services are needed. Hurricane Irene is scheduled to make landfall in the United States later this week.

Red Cross officials explained that the impending storm along with recent earthquakes draw attention to the importance of emergency preparedness. Brett Montague is the Readiness and Response Manager for the South Mississippi Red Cross in Hattiesburg.

Montague said, "This should be a cue to our community that for those who have not made preparations at this point, that they need to get prepared. It's been six years since we've had a major event in this area and it could happen at any time over the next couple of months."

The Red Cross advises Pine Belt residents to stock up on three days worth of water and non-perishable food. They say it's also a good idea to gather important document and purchase extra batteries for flashlights.

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