Red Cross Volunteers Aid South Mississippi Storm Victims

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - The flood waters in the Escatawpa community have receded, and now it's disaster assessment time for Red Cross volunteers like Jerry White. The team is traveling every street looking for residents who need help and houses that may need repairs.

"We are collecting information for the local American Red Cross Chapter. People are in need, like the family we just gave stuff to. They have 20 people in that house that are from different areas that gathered here to get out of the storm," White said.

Susan Porter says just the presence of Red Cross workers near her Roberts Road home makes her feel safe. She says it's comforting to know that the organization is thinking about those who can't help themselves.

"Gustav was kicking up dust, and pouring out buckets and buckets of rain, and had everybody scattering. I love when people check on each other and make sure we are still alive. We need a lot more people to help when we are distressed in storms," Porter said.

Hattie Laffon agrees. She lives a few blocks away on Jody Drive. Many of her neighbors are elderly and in need of assistance.

"Some of them may have heart problems and walking difficulties, and they are unable to get to the stores, and they are unable to get their supplies," Laffon said.

The Southeast Chapter Red Cross Director Paige Roberts says she deployed eight teams throughout Jackson County to help with disaster assessment.