State's delegation responds to tragedy

By NEMS Daily Journal

The Northeast Mississippi congressional delegation is working to help victims of Saturday’s tornadoes.
U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, both Republicans, and 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, D-Booneville, on Monday outlined their plans to help those affected by the deadly storms.
Both senators said in a joint statement their offices have been conferring with state officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency on damage assessments that will be used in a federal emergency disaster designation request.
“We are coordinating our efforts to make sure Mississippi gets any relief funding and support it qualifies for under our federal disaster programs,” Cochran said.
Wicker said his office has been working with emergency management teams “to make sure each community has the support it needs,” said Wicker.
Childers will open an emergency field assistance office today in the Choctaw County Courthouse in Ackerman, and assistants in the Tupelo office will help victims in Union and Monroe counties.
At least one staff member will be available to serve constituents at the Choctaw County Courthouse today through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. During these days and hours, Choctaw County residents will be able to reach a staff member by phone at (662) 285-6329.
Tupelo office hours are from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The phone number is (662) 841-8808.