Storm briefs

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tupelo to collect water for Walnut
– TUPELO – The public is asked to contribute bottled water today in front of Tupelo City Hall for delivery to the storm-damaged town of Walnut in Tippah County.
Mayor Jack Reed Jr. said the collection would last from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be delivered this afternoon.

Relief center set up in New Albany
– NEW ALBANY – Federal relief officials have set up a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center at the Forestry Building, 921 Fairground Spur Road. It will operate through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Specialists at the mobile recovery centers can check the disaster assistance case status of an applicant, answer questions about a registration or review information needed to process an application.
U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available to supply information about low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes.

Storm victims urged to deal with stress
– JACKSON – State mental health officials urge victims of the recent storms to deal with any resulting stress and depression.
“Remember that it is normal to feel anxious about yourself and your family,” said Ed LeGrand, executive director of the state Department of Mental Health. “You are not alone; no one who experiences a disaster such as this is left untouched.”
Victims are encouraged to talk about their feelings, even though it may be difficult, and to rely on support groups, such as family, friends, local churches and health care professionals in organizations such as DMH.
To contact the DMH Office of Constituency Service Helpline, call (877) 210-8513. Trained staff members will be on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.