Press Release: Red Cross in Mississippi Continues to Provide Comfort for Hurricane Victims

Red Cross in Mississippi Continues to Provide Comfort for Hurricane Victims
Red Cross Distributes more than 16,000 Items in Damaged Areas

Hurricane Isaac
Mike Gros receives food and clean-up supplies from a Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle at his home in Kiln, MS after Hurricane Isaac. (Photo credit: Craig MacNab/American Red Cross)

Red Cross is on the scene in Mississippi to help those affected by the hurricane. As families continue the cleanup, Red Cross is distributing supplies to help in the recovery process. In addition to hot meals and water, the Red Cross is distributing cleanup supplies such as rakes, shovels, trash bags, gloves, mops, and more. These supplies are being taken directly to the damaged areas. On Saturday alone, the Red Cross distributed more than 16,000 items to people in need. Tasha James and her seven year old son received some of those items on Saturday. “I am blessed, so blessed, to get this help from the Red Cross.” James said.

One of the many damaged areas that the Red Cross delivered supplies to was Kiln, MS. Mike Gros lives in that area and was very grateful for the supplies received from a Red Cross truck. Gros had been cleaning up debris around his home and his rake had broken earlier. “This will really come in handy. My rake got broken,” said Gros, “The water was knee-deep.” The Red Cross was able to provide a new rake and other related items to assist in his cleanup and recovery.

The Red Cross offers the following tips for those in the affected area to stay safer:

  • Continue listening to local radio or television stations or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • When it is safe to return home, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Use battery-powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings. Avoid using candles. If you must use candles take extreme care. Keep candles away from any combustible materials. Place candles out of reach of children or pets.
  • Extinguish all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Candles lit and left unattended lead to a large number of single family fires and fire deaths.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly. Turn off the gas using the outside main valve if you can, and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline, or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls. Telephone lines are frequently overwhelmed in disaster situations. They need to be kept clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep all your animals under your direct control. Your pets may be able to escape from your home or through a broken fence. Pets may become disoriented, particularly because tornadoes and the heavy rains that accompany them will usually affect scent markers that normally allow animals to find their homes.

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. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters. To make contributions, call 800-RED-CROSS or donate online at www.mississippi-redcross.org. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross in Mississippi.

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