April 19, 2016

 

Its volunteers are known around the state, nation and world for the help they provide in the aftermath of disasters great and small and for the training they provide to help people be ready in an emergency situations.

The work of the American Red Cross is almost non-stop year-round, and the leaders of the North Mississippi Chapter know this firsthand.

“Red Cross will be there in a disaster. This means the most locally when we help that family who has lost everything in a house fire. A house fire is a disaster for that family,” said Patty Tucker, executive director of the Northeast Mississippi Chapter.

“A fire doesn’t get the publicity that a tornado might get. Because of the United Way dollars we receive, we are able to help that family with immediate needs. Having somewhere to stay is an immediate need,” Tucker said.

Headquartered in Tupelo with satellite offices in Starkville, Columbus and New Albany, the Red Cross’ Northeast Mississippi Chapter serves a 16-county area, including Oktibb...

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