Jackson County Red Cross Gearing Up For Cindy

"I thought I just ordered a few comfort kits a few months ago," Paige Roberts asks one of the Red Cross volunteers.

But during Tuesday morning's meeting, Roberts realized her emergency response team was lacking some supplies.

Comfort kits is just one item on the grocery list.

"Right now I have felt that 48 was good," Red Cross Director Paige Roberts says,"When it looks like something's pending like Cindy or whatever name tropical depression four might get, then we'd probably be safer with 100."

Volunteers scramble to count clean up kits and bottles of water one by one.

They hope to have enough of everything so Tuesday night's shelter plans can run smoothly.

"Ten cases of bottled water, probably 2 or 3 cases of cold cups and 2 or 3 cases of hot cups," Volunteer Giff Ormes says the organization will need.

Roberts is calling around to volunteers too to get all of the manpower she'll need.

But without knowing exactly how much damage Cindy will cause, it's hard for the Red Cross to know what exactly to prepare for.

"I'm trying not to overreact and not under reacting at the same time. For someone like myself who this would be my fourth disaster, but still have less than a year under my belt, it's hard for me to gauge sometimes," Roberts adds.

"All right, we're cool," a volunteer says as he checks the Red Cross truck.

Since no one will know until Cindy has come and gone, Roberts will continue stocking up and preparing for the worst.

"Now is the time to do it, not in the height of the storm," Roberts says.

If you are in a low-lying area, Jackson County Civil Defense Director Butch Loper recommends you seek temporary shelter.

The Red Cross will open East Central Community Center as a shelter in less than an hour.

If you are a resident of Moss Point, live in a flood-prone area, and need help getting out of your home, Mayor Xavier Bishop is asking for you to please contact the police department.

"We're making ourselves available through our public works department, through the school system. To go and pick them up and bring them to the river front recreational center," Bishop says.

From the recreational center, there will be transportation to get residents to the East Central Community Center for shelter.

If you need assistance, please call the police department at 475-1711.