SHERMAN, TX--Tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi and Tennessee have displaced thousands of people. Now local volunteers with the Texoma Chapter of the Red Cross are some of the many packing their bags and traveling to help those affected by the storms. Sharon Watson with the local Red Cross says four volunteers are will leave for the affected areas.
In Tennessee, more than a foot of rain has closed many road ways and flooded many homes, even pushing some off of their foundations. In Mississippi, where tornadoes hit late last week, the rescue mission is over, but there will still be months of recovery. Watson says it's events like these where Red Cross needs more volunteers.
"We need volunteers who are willing to go out on national disasters. Our volunteers train a minimum of 40 hours so we can't just immediately send them out. But people who are interested in volunteering can contact us,” says Sharon Watson, American Red Cross.
You can also assist the Red Cross by making donations:
You can call 1-800-REDCROSS
Or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999