Miss. Red Cross Disaster teams helping in tornado, flood-damaged communities

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Red Cross

JACKSON, MISS., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014—Disaster relief teams from the American Red Cross Mississippi Region are working in multiple counties impacted by the recent severe weather, including the tornado that touched down in Covington County and localized flooding in communities across the state.

"Our Red Cross has been working closely with MEMA and the local emergency managers in the affected communities since Day One of this disaster," said Bob Devaney, disaster services manager for the American Red Cross Mississippi Region. "In addition to the relief teams we have 'on the ground' in the impacted areas, we're also monitoring river and weather conditions to anticipate possible shelter needs if more flooding occurs."

Red Cross caseworkers are currently meeting one-on-one with Covington County residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Monday's EF-2 tornado. The Red Cross is also staffing MEMA's emergency operations center (EOC) in Jackson.

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.