Mississippi Tornado Relief

Governor Tate Reeves Announces Disaster Assistance for Easter Storms

Governor Tate Reeves recently announced disaster assistance for Mississippi businesses and residents hit by the devastating Easter Sunday storms.

Working with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to help Mississippians recover from the historic storms that hit the state on April 12, 2020, Covington, Jefferson Davis, and Jones Counties were declared federal disaster areas to receive disaster assistance for recovery.

"Mississippians are all too familiar with weathering storms that come our way, but the storms on Easter Sunday were historic in their devastation. I'm grateful for our partnership with SBA so we can help our people get back on their feet. With this assistance, we will rebuild. And we will emerge stronger," said Governor Tate Reeves.

Businesses and residents of Covington, Jefferson Davis, and Jones counties can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the SBA, which includes both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Additionally, small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The adjacent counties include: Forrest, Jasper, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion, Perry, Simpson, Smith, and Wayne.

Businesses and private non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged real estate, equipment or other assets. Homeowners in the three disaster declared counties may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate and they are also eligible to borrow up to $40,000 to replace or repair personal property.

Applicants can apply online by visiting the SBA’s website: disasterloanassistance.sba.gov

The SBA has also opened a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center/Business Recovery Center to help storm victims apply online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Outreach Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Storm victims can call 404-331-0333 and use extensions: 2122; 2123; and 2106 during these hours to speak with a disaster assistance professional. Additional information can also be obtained by emailing FOCE-Help@sba.gov.

The filing deadline for physical property damage applications is June 15, 2020, and the deadline for economic injury applications is January 19, 2021.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Three Counties in Mississippi

Individuals in Jones, Covington, and Jefferson Davis Counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today, April 23, 2020.

People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that occurred April 12, 2020 are entitled to apply and may be eligible to receive DUA.

Self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected areas at the time of the major disaster, and those who are unemployed as a result of the major disaster, may be eligible for DUA. In addition, those who were unable to reach their jobs, because the disaster prevented their travel, or who were scheduled to begin employment, but the disaster prevented them from doing so, may apply.

Eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

  1. became the major support for a household because of the disaster-related death of the head of the household
  2. cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster
  3. could not work or lost work as a result of physical damage or destruction of a business
  4. are unable to work because of the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal government

Individuals in Jones, Covington, and Jefferson Davis Counties in Mississippi can apply online 24 hours a day at www.mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free, 1-877-633-7275 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is May 23, 2020.

Severe weather and multiple tornadoes caused significant damage to Mississippi on Sunday, April 12 and Sunday, April 19.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is responding to the severe weather recovery needs. Additionally, Governor Tate Reeves signed a State of Emergency in response to this severe weather outbreak.

There are 14 confirmed deaths and multiple injuries throughout the state due to the severe weather.

Counties Reporting Fatalities:

  • Carroll – 1 fatality
  • Jefferson Davis – 4 fatalities
  • Jones – 3 fatalities
  • Lawrence – 2 fatalities
  • Panola – 1 fatality
  • Walthall – 1 fatality

At this time, 33 counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA. Over 1,200 homes have been impacted statewide by Sunday’s severe weather event. Additionally, over 75 businesses across the state have been impacted.

These are initial reports, numbers could change throughout today and the upcoming days.

Total Number of Homes Impacted Per County:

(*Not all 33 counties are listed below)

  • Carroll –2
  • Chickasaw – 15
  • Clarke –22
  • Covington – 352
  • Grenada – 92
  • Humphreys – 4
  • Jasper – 74
  • Jefferson Davis – 205
  • Jones – 328
  • Lafayette – 3
  • Lawrence – 23
  • Marion – 1
  • Newton – 13
  • Panola – 32
  • Rankin –1
  • Smith – 16
  • Sunflower – 4
  • Tate – 12
  • Yazoo – 7

Statewide Total Homes Impacted = 1,206

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with local county EMA directors to assess the need for long-term sheltering. The statewide shelter-in-place remains in effect. MEMA would like to remind people to social distance as best as possible and if you’re in a public shelter, wear some kind of mask to cover your mouth and nose to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Statement from Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

Restoration of electric service will take days

Several electric power associations, serving across Mississippi, suffer major damage to their electric delivery system by the tornadoes and thunderstorms that struck on Sunday. As of Monday morning, they are reporting more than 46,000 electric meters without service throughout Mississippi in the hardest hit areas. Emergency crews are in the areas assisting local crews in restoring power in a safe and timely manner. Also, additional outside crews are being recruited to assist.

Local management ask for your patience as restoration will take days and practice social distancing as line workers work in the affected areas.

As always, stay safe and away from downed power lines.

Michael Callahan, CEO
Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi

Statement from Mississippi Power

Mississippi Power crews worked overnight, making great progress to assess damage and begin restoring power to more than half of our customers who lost service after tornadoes touched down in its Northern Division. Crews and additional resources sent from the Coast Division are working today to continue assessing extensive damage to our electric infrastructure and restore power to about 1,500 customers.

Statement from CenterPoint Energy

Customers in Bassfield, Soso, & Moss: As we continue working closely with local authorities to assess damage and assist with recovery efforts following this weekend's severe weather, please keep in mind these important #natgas safety tips: www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/residential/safety/weather-safety?sa=ms

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is assisting counties affected by the April 19, 2020 severe weather. At the time of this release there are more than 8,000 customers without power across the state. One storm-related death from Marion County has been reported to the agency.

At this time, five counties have submitted damage reports to MEMA.

These are initial reports, numbers could change throughout today and the upcoming days.

(Not all five counties are listed below)

  • Forrest – 8 homes damaged, 25 roads closed due to debris
  • Marion – 20 homes damaged, 20+ roads closed due to debris, one fire station on Hurricane Creek Road Destroyed
  • Jackson – one home destroyed, one home major damage

The Glory House in Laurel will begin accepting donations on Tuesday, April 14. Volunteer check-in and donation drop-off will be at the YWCO of Laurel on Oak Street in downtown.

Needed items:

  • creamy peanut butter
  • jelly
  • pop-top tuna or packets
  • vienna sausages
  • granola bars
  • nabs
  • fruit cups
  • single bag chips
  • single bag cookies
  • loaves of bread
  • diapers & baby wipes
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes

908 Armory Rd.
Tylertown, MS 39667

Emergency Manager: Royce McKee
601-827-5116 (Office)
601-876-3224 (Fax)


Donations of nonperishable goods, such as water, cleaning supplies, canned goods, and personal hygiene products can be delivered to:
Jefferson Davis County High School
891 Bass Burkett Road
Bassfield, MS 39421


Clothing donations should be delivered to:
LL Roberts Methodist Church
236 General Robert E. Blount Dr.
Bassfield, MS 39421

For more information call Bassfield City Hall at 601-943-5424.


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