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Local organizations prep for Tropical Storm Barry

Employees at the Salvation Army had to cut summer camp short due to the growing threat.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 7:05 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 9:26 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Residents on the coast are stacking sandbags and preparing for possible flooding with Barry churning in the Gulf.

Employees at the Salvation Amry had to cut summer camp short due to the growing threat.

"Because we know that we may be on call and have a presence in the different areas that are going to be affected," said Maj. Ray Morton.

Morton said they want to make sure their facility in Tupelo is prepared in case of emergency.

"If there is a need up here in northeast Mississippi, Tupelo will be the one to respond to that first," Morton said.

With newly renovated areas in its facility, the Salvation Army says it has a place for people to stay.

"We can be that back-up sheltering if needed," Morton said.

However, if the need in Tupelo is not urgent, the major said they would take their efforts to where they are needed.

"If there is not an immediate local need, then we will respond to wherever else the greatest need is in the region," said Morton.

The Tupelo-based disaster relief organization, Eight Days of Hope, is also ready for whatever Tropical Storm Barry might bring.

"We see this hurricane coming towards the coast of Louisiana, and we have to respond," said Chris Chiles.

Member of Eight Day of Hope have loaded trucks and have headed to the coast to help those in need.

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