Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:01:23 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
With severe weather on the minds of many after our first thunderstorm warnings of the year, and tornados swept through the south, now is the time to be prepared before disaster strikes.
Being Red Cross ready doesn't take long. Get a kit, have a plan, and be educated. Those three things can make all the difference before, during and after disaster strikes.
"It's not going to be unfortunately a happy ending in most respects, at least not a totally happy ending. But it can be a lot less damaging and a lot less tragic in terms of losing loved ones if you're prepared before it happens," said Todd James, Executive Director, Hancock County Red Cross.
James has been dispatched to six disaster relief efforts and has seen firsthand the devastation left behind.
"It doesn't matter really the time of the year, there's always going to be something that could endanger our families and our homes. We've got to be prepared before it happens," said James.
James' first piece of advice is to have a plan. Talk to your family about how to exit your home safely. Designate a place to meet up if you get separated and have a contact person to check in with if you get split up.
The second part is to have a kit and make sure it is easily accessible. You want three days worth of supplies for each person in the house. Water, food, flashlights, clothes, important documents and cash should be included.
Lastly, James says being informed is the key.
"Stay on top of the information before disaster happens, while it's happening and after it, so you know the most up to date information on how to protect your family, how to get help and resources after a disaster happens," said James.
Part of the American Red Cross' mission is to build a resilient community.
"You can't replace a lost life, you can't replace losing a husband or a wife or a son or a daughter and there are steps we can take to prevent that and they're easy steps to take," said James.