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MS Red Cross gears up as Hurricane Harvey threatens Texas, Louisiana

Wednesday March 16, 2016. McClain, Mississippi. Red Cross volunteers Lil Doody and Fran Walker console Davrion Hartfield, a resident of McClain, MS as they look out on flooded homes. Photo by Shannon Toombs/ American Red Cross

Flowood, Miss. – The Mississippi Region American Red Cross is assisting neighboring Red Cross regions in the path of Hurricane Harvey. The Red Cross is mobilizing trained Red Cross disaster relief workers to support this response effort.

One worker will fly from Jackson to Texas at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. Three others will serve in Louisiana departing on Friday as well. Also, there are roughly a dozen more Red Cross volunteers from Mississippi on standby with their bags ready to respond at a moment’s notice.

In preparation for Harvey:
· The Red Cross has more than 17 shelters ready to open and support thousands of people if needed.
· Trailers full of shelter and relief supplies have been pre-positioned including cots, blankets, comfort and cleaning supplies.
· More than 30 Red Cross emergency response vehicles activated with about 20 more on alert.
· The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners in both Texas and Louisiana to coordinate potential response efforts.

GET READY NOW Take these three steps: (1) build a disaster kit; (2) come up with an emergency plan; and (3) be informed about how local authorities will notify you during a disaster, whether through local media or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels. Full details are available here.

The Red Cross urges you to prepare now for hurricanes by downloading the free Emergency App to your phone.

HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross works 24/7 to be ready to respond to disasters such as hurricanes. Even before the first raindrop falls in Texas and Louisiana, the Red Cross is spending money to get ready. Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Follow Mississippi Region American Red Cross on Facebook, @RedCrossMS and Twitter @RedCrossMiss.

Information provided by Mississippi Red Cross.

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