Storm Briefing

IAHS Indian Players help Smithville

The Itawamba Agricultural High School Indian Players, currently in the middle of raising funds for a trip to the Orpheum in Memphis, have rerouted their efforts to support Smithville instead.
“I think everybody knows this is the right thing to do,” said Vickie Blake, drama department director.
She said the group is working to return money to donors who have already given, but many have already requested that money go to help the people of Smithville.
The proceeds of a fundraising block party the group plans to hold on Saturday in downtown Fulton will now go to aid Smithville as well.
“We hope everyone will turn out to aid with this effort,” Blake said.

Lee Countians urged to report damage

TUPELO – All Lee County residents with storm-related property damage should report it to the Lee County Emergency Management Office. If you already made a damage report or called 911 as a result of the damage, there is no need to make an additional report.
“It is very important that accurate information is received by the Emergency Management Office in order to determine the extent of the impact of the storms on Lee County,” said Lee County Administrator Sean Thompson.
Report the damage from the April 15 or April 26-27 weather in person at the Emergency Management Office on the second floor of the Lee County Courthouse, by telephone at (662) 841-9020, or by email at

Tupelo accepts donations

Water, canned foods, clothing and supplies for storm victims will be accepted at Tupelo City Hall today.
A donation truck will be in the parking lot of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The donations that are dropped off at City Hall are being taken to Smithville, Wren, Okolona and other communities. For information, call (662) 841-6525.

Tupelo, Lee County schools taking donations
The Tupelo Public School District announced on Thursday that it has begun a “Wave of Hope” campaign to raise money that can be used by Smithville schools. Money donated at all Tupelo schools will be given to the CREATE Foundation to be distributed to Smithville schools to use as they best need.
Lee County Schools are also accepting items and monetary donations to help tornado victims.

United Way sets up account for victims
The United Way has created an account for money that will go directly to storm victims in Monroe County.
People wishing to donate to the “Monroe County tornado disaster fund” can do so at Community or Renasant banks or directly through the United Way.

FEMA representatives in Wren today
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be at the Wren Fire Station today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help storm victims there file for federal assistance. Members of FEMA are also located at the disaster recovery center near Smithville school to provide individual assistance.

Monroe County working on tornado sirens for Wren
Monroe County officials expect to be able to use federal assistance money to install tornado sirens in Wren, Monroe County Emergency Management Director Robert “Bunky” Goza said at a town hall meeting in Wren on Thursday night.

Residents to pause for fun today
The American Red Cross has arranged for a banana-split party today for storm victims in Monroe County. Free banana-splits will be available for people affected by the tornadoes at 2 p.m. in Smithville and at 3 p.m. in Wren.

– Itawamba County Times, Daily Journal reports

NEMS Daily Journal

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