Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts Ongoing

Contributor: Rachael Thomas
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Updated: 5/05 1:58 pm
Over 200 Red Cross workers are providing shelter, emotional support, meals and relief supplies to people impacted by the storm that devastated parts of Mississippi last week.

Red Cross damage assessment teams continue to work to identify the full extent of the damage and the number of families affected.

Twelve emergency vehicles are traveling through communities to deliver supplies such as rakes, shovels, trash bags and gloves to individuals and families picking up the pieces of their homes.

Two emergency aid stations remain open where mental health workers are comforting people whose homes were damaged to make sure residents have the support they need. Locations include:
•Highlands Mobile Home Community, 3127 Greenfield, Pearl, MS
•Center Ridge Baptist Church, 4019 Highway 15 South, Louisville, MS

In Tupelo, free tetanus shots will be given by the Tupelo Health Department at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo.

F.E.M.A. is hosting One Stop Shops for families and individuals affected. The American Red Cross will also have staff on site to answer questions about Red Cross services. Locations include:
•Georgia Pacific, 826 S. Church, Louisville, MS
•Old Tupelo Water and Light Building, 320 Court Street, Tupelo, Mississippi
•Auburn Baptist Church, 1138 Country Road 931, Tupelo, MS
•Mantachie Convention Center, 265 Thistomee Drive, Mantachie, MS
•New Hope Convention Center, 381 Stadium Road, Columbus, MS
•Rankin County Office, 601 Marquette Road, Brandon, MS

Three Shelter locations are currently open and providing families and individuals affected with a warm meal to eat and a safe place to stay. Locations include:
•Louisville, MS – First Baptist Church
•Pearl, MS – Mount Elam Missionary Baptist Church
NOTE: The Pearl location will close as a shelter effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6th. It will then serve as a distribution center for bulk supplies.
•Tupelo, MS – Bancorp South Center

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like tornadoes, floods and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. People can donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
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