Over the weekend, the Coast felt impacts of Tropical Storm Barry. The hardest hit areas with high winds and flooding include Hancock, Forrest, and Jones counties.
The Southeast Mississippi Red Cross chapter worked around the clock to lend a helping hand. There were nine shelters set up with 65 volunteers ready to assist and nearly 100 volunteers around the state on standby.
Volunteers served more than a thousand meals to those in need.
Red Cross CEO John McFarland says he hopes Barry encouraged Coast residents to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. “We’re not even into the season. It’s usually mid-August, mid-September when we are most vulnerable. Now is the time when you go to the store to get an extra eight pack of bottled water and an extra package of crackers or something, extra batteries for your flashlight, candles that kind of thing. Make sure you know where your insurance papers are and your birth certificates and just start getting ready.”
Due to the weather, Red Cross cancelled a few volunteer training classes. If you are interested in volunteering you can visit redcross.org. New class times will be posted on the website.