A Hawaii Red Cross volunteer from Honolulu is deploying to Mississippi in the wake of the powerful tornadoes and storms that ripped through parts of the South and Midwest earlier this week.
Elizabeth Norcross, who will be assisting in operations support, is scheduled to leave Friday night. Norcross was also recently deployed to Oso, Washington for the tragic mudslides.
“Our hearts go out to those affected by this devastating severe weather,” said Coralie Matayoshi, Hawaii Red Cross CEO.
The Red Cross response to this severe storm stretches from the Midwest to the East Coast. Red Cross workers are helping people in Florida, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and North Carolina.
Hundreds of people are staying in Red Cross and community shelters in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi and North Carolina. Red Cross workers also are providing meals, health and mental health services. As people begin the monumental task this weekend of starting to clean up their neighborhoods, the Red Cross will be handing out relief supplies like brooms, buckets, gloves, shovels, rakes and tarps throughout many affected communities.
In total, more than 1,200 trained Red Cross workers and more than 60 emergency vehicles are helping in the hardest hit communities. As of Friday, volunteers have already served more than 70,000 meals and snacks, and handed out more than 11,000 essential relief items to people in need.