Louisiana-based Red Cross volunteers head to Mississippi to assist with relief effort
POSTED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 11, 2013 - 6:59pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — Red Cross volunteers from Louisiana headed to Mississippi early this morning to aid those impacted by a tornado that destroyed over 200 homes.
The tornado ripped through parts of Hattiesburg, MS on Sunday, Feb. 10. Reports indicate that at least 16 people were injured, including at least two who were hospitalized in critical condition.
As of this morning, officials report 4,000 customers are without power, which is down from 14,000 who lost power on Sunday. The tornado caused damage to buildings throughout the city, including the University of Southern Mississippi. Students are being asked to stay away from the campus until further notice.
Among the structures damaged in the storms was the Red Cross office in Hattiesburg. No Red Cross volunteers or staff were injured.
Louisiana-based Red Cross volunteers deployed from New Orleans at roughly 7:15 a.m. on Monday. Among the supplies are two Emergency Response Vehicles that allow for mobile feeding distribution of relief supplies. They are stocked with water and snacks.
Officials tell us additional volunteers are offering their services but have not yet been deployed. However, resources are currently being pulled in from across the area.
Click here to see video of the tornado that was caught on camera.
The University of Southern Mississippi has established a relief fund. Click here to make a donation.