Red Cross opens shelter in New Augusta, MS

NEW AUGUSTA, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Red Cross

NEW AUGUSTA, MISS., FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2014 –The American Red Cross South Mississippi Chapter has opened a shelter for residents impacted by today's train derailment in Perry County, Miss. The shelter is now open at the New Augusta Community Center located at 298 Willow Street in New Augusta.

"Residents should pack as if they are going on a small one- to two-day camping trip," said Angie Grajeda, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager. "Things to bring to the shelter include any necessary medication, snacks, beverages, lawn chairs, pillows and blankets."

Perry County Emergency Manager Dale Carnahan requested the Red Cross support.

All Red Cross disaster assistance is free, 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 the American Red Cross Disaster Relief which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need.

The South Mississippi Chapter serves the following counties: Covington, Forrest, George, Greene, Lamar, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Pearl River, Perry and Stone.