Storm Briefing

By NEMS Daily Journal

Region
Federal advice offered on charitable contributions
– The U.S. attorney’s office offers the following guidelines on charitable contributions in the wake of the recent tornadoes:
• Be skeptical of people representing themselves as members of charitable organizations, or officials asking for donations via email or social networking sites.
• Beware of organizations with copy-cat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.
• Rather than follow a link to a charitable website, search for the charity’s website through a search engine.
• Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
• Do not be pressured into making contributions; reputable charities do not use such tactics.
• Be aware of whom you are dealing with when providing your personal and financial information. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
• Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
• Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services.

Monroe County
Facility to offer free child care starting May 23
– SMITHVILLE – The GELI Promise School, a temporary child care facility licensed by the state of Mississippi and funded by the Gilmore Foundation through the Gilmore Early Learning Initiative, will open May 23 to provide free child care for parents while they deal with effects of the recent tornado.
The school, which is for Smithville residents with children between 6 weeks and 8 years old, is now accepting registration applications and will operate until the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.
Located at Cross Bound Church, 60026 F.B. Boozer Lane, the GELI Promise School will offer child care to Smithville residents at no cost. Hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applications are available at the POD in Smithville.

Boil water notice lifted for Smithville
– The boil water notice for Smithville was lifted Wednesday. The Mississippi Department of Health said water is now safe to drink without boiling.