Coast can help tornado victims and themselves

By MARY PEREZ – meperez@sunherald.com

The tornado in Yazoo City and neighboring areas of Mississippi should remind people on the Coast you can’t judge nature by the calendar, said Paige Roberts, executive director of the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She was at the incident command center in Yazoo City Sunday with several people from her Red Cross chapter in Pascagoula, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Red Cross out of Biloxi and others from around the state.

“There’s a lot of boots on the ground,” she said, and more on the way to help people whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Roberts said the damage in the hardest hit areas looks a lot like after Hurricane Katrina, with trees snapped and lying on top of houses and cars.

“There is a cost associated with disaster response,” she said, and the best way for people on the Coast to help the tornado victims is to donate money by calling 1-800-Red Cross or at the Red Cross Web site.
Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/25/2127109/coast-red-cross-donations-down.html#ixzz0mDOuvmaj

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