Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Red Cross Update

We are thinking of our fellow Red Cross board members, volunteers and staff across the coast in the affected communities and hoping that they are safe and well. If you know of anyone in the affected areas who might need assistance, please direct them to 800-REDCROSS (800-733-2767.)
329 people took refuge from Tropical Storm Gordon in 8 American Red Cross shelters last night as the storm hit our coast. The Red Cross mobilized 50 workers to help Mississippi residents with safe shelter, food and water and a shoulder to lean on.  Today, we are continuing to keep an eye on the weather and monitor needs as the system passes through our state. More than 10,000 Mississippians were without power last night and Mississippi Power, Coast Electric and Singing River Electric crews are working to get them all back online. At 9 a.m. today the remnants of Gordon were over the Jackson area dumpling lots of rain and moving north through the state.  Emergency managers in several counties are reporting some flooding but no major damage.
I would greatly appreciate anything that you can do to help raise awareness about the response efforts and to encourage individuals, corporations and foundations to provide support for Red Cross disaster relief at this time.
How can you help?
  • Download and encourage others to download our Red Cross mobile apps
  • Tell our story:
  • Make a donation and help ask for donations.
  • Use our disaster dollar handles to share the impact of a gift to support Tropical Storm Gordan can have:
    • $2.50: Provide a comfort kit containing the basic personal supplies someone would need in the aftermath of a disaster.
    • $17.50 provides 1 hot meal, a comfort kit and a blanket to a shelter resident
    • $30: Cover the cost of a clean-up kit and comfort supplies for a family of 4.
    • $300/day to deploy an ERV to an operation
    • $5,000 average cost of opening or preparing a shelter for 1 night
Submitted by: Charles Hampton