Ways to Help Mississippi's Tornado Victims
(This information will be updated as new details emerge)
Volunteer Mississippi is asking private citizens not to self-deploy. They will work to match unaffiliated volunteers with affiliated groups on the ground when the time is right. If you would like to donate water or resources the Rolling Fork Civic Center is open to receive them.
Learn more at VolunteerMississippi.org.
Relief Funds Established to Assist Tornado Victims
Heart of the Delta Foundation
Several Mississippi based Banks have provided more than $100,000 to assist those impacted by the tornado outbreak across the state in late March.
The Heart of the Delta Foundation will be collecting contributions to help in the continued relief efforts in Rolling Fork, Silver City and other parts of the Delta. The Heart of the Delta Foundation will work closely with local organizations and community leaders to determine how to appropriate funds where they are needed most.
The Mississippi Bankers Association is working with banks that are helping with the Foundation, and individual donations are also being accepted. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas has also pledged to match up to $250,000 in donations.
Contributions to the Heart of the Delta Foundation can be mailed to The Heart of the Delta Foundation, PO Box 145, Belzoni, MS 39038, or click here to donate online https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=FLCFAG7CY76GL
Amory/Monroe Disaster Relief Fund
The CREATE Foundation and United Way of Northeast Mississippi have established the Monroe County Disaster Relief Fund to assist the citizens of Monroe County impacted by the March 24th tornado. One Hundred percent of contributions made will go to support recovery efforts. CREATE and United Way will work with city and county governments and nonprofit agencies to provide assistance.
Individuals and companies can donate to the Monroe County Disaster Relief Fund online at www.createfoundation.com or www.unitedwaynems.org, or call 662-841-9133. Contributions can be mailed to United Way at PO Box 334, Tupelo, MS 38802, or CREATE Foundation at PO Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Donations for Carroll County Relief:
- Bank of Commerce North Carrollton
- Account set up and will be administered by the bank for disaster relief
Donate to the Red Cross at redcross.org or by phone 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). Local Red Cross chapters can be found via American Red Cross of Alabama and Mississippi, including links on how to find help.
SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Businesses and Residents of Mississippi
Affected by Severe Storms, Straight-Line Winds and Tornadoes
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to businesses and residents in Mississippi following the announcement of a Presidential disaster declaration due to damages from severe storms, straight-line winds and tornadoes on March 24-25.
Mississippi SBDC Disaster Relief Information
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Disaster Help Desk number is 888-MY-BIZ-HELP (or 888-692-4943).
The Disaster Help Desk provides one-on-one expert assistance to small business owners before, during, and after a disaster strikes. From preparing for hurricane and wildfire season to unexpected floods or power outages, our team is here to answer any questions you might have, including topics such as:
- Readiness for minor and major disasters, ranging from fires and floods to massive natural disasters.
- Relief information for those immediate days and months after a disaster strikes your business, including federal resources.
- Long-term recovery advice and connections to others who can help you create a path to re-opening and staying open after a disaster
For those in need of assistance, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is updating a list of shelters and other resources. The agency is also updating storm recovery information on its Twitter and Facebook pages.