United Way, Cooper Tire donate to relief funds
– TUPELO – The United Way of Northeast Mississippi on Wednesday said it is giving $50,000 in unrestricted funds to assist victims of the tornados in its seven-county area.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Tupelo provided $5,000 toward the relief efforts, with the remaining funds coming from United Way’s emergency reserves.
Executive committee members, before voting to take money out of reserves, expressed great sympathy for residents all over Northeast Mississippi with damage or losses due to the storms.
Smithville and Monroe County will get $20,000 of the money, Chickasaw County will get $25,000 and $5,000 will be held in reserve for additional needs as they arise.
Tupelo accepts donations
– Water, canned foods, clothing and supplies for storm victims will be accepted at Tupelo City Hall all week.
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.
Needed: Cleanup tools
– The Missisisippi Highway Patrol provided the following information Wednesday:
• Water hoses, rakes and brooms are needed in Monroe County.
• Showers have been set up for Smithville residents at the community center on Franklin Street.
• A community meeting will be held today in Wren at 5 p.m. at the Wren Fire Station/Community Center.
To get help now
– Anyone who needs assistance should first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Call (800) 621-3362. Even if you don’t have insurance or if you don’t know how much your insurance policy will cover, you should register. FEMA will conduct an inspection to get everything started.
To keep safe later
– A program is available that will pay for 75 percent of the cost of purchasing a storm shelter, up to $4,000 reimbursement. This program, A Safe Place to Go, can be accessed online at www.msema.org.
The program is for any resident in Monroe County.
Services still here
– Monroe County Emergency Management Coordinator Bunky Goza said the Red Cross will halt its meal operation Thursday but will still have mental health counselors available. The Salvation Army still will have services available in Smithville.
There is also a warehouse on loan from Townhouse Furniture that has donations of food, clothing, household items and more that residents who qualify for. It is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and is behind the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.
Anyone wishing to volunteer should check in at the baseball field by the school and register with FEMA. Volunteers will be assigned jobs.
NEMS Daily Journal