Storm Victims – Information about how to help or where to get help

By NEMS Daily Journal

Red Cross calls for help
– The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help the storm-stricken communities in Northeast Mississippi.
Volunteers will be trained starting at 8 a.m. today at the Red Cross center at 4127 Westside Drive in Tupelo. They will then be paired with experienced volunteers.
Needed are nurses and mental health professionals, as well as anyone with the time to be trained to assess damage, drive the mobile feeding trucks, facilitate client casework, answer phones and give out information.
Anyone interested should call the Red Cross at the following numbers: Columbus: (662) 328-5710; Starkville: (662) 323-4621; Tupelo: (662) 842-6101.
The Red Cross also needs monetary donations and water.

Sav-A-Life offers shelter
Sav-A-Life in Amory is providing a temporary shelter for tornado victims and is also providing relief to those affected in Chickasaw County. Infant supplies are needed, including car seats and diapers, as well as disposable gloves.

United Methodists mobilize
United Methodist disaster relief teams throughout Northeast Mississippi are mobilizing for cleanup and installation of tarps on houses with damaged roofs. Needed are tarps, button-head nails, lathing (1-inch strips of wood) and water. Materials can be dropped off at St. Luke Church, 1400 Clayton Ave. in Tupelo, and St. Andrews, 1115 Veterans Legion Drive in Amory.

Text to make donation
The Salvation Army is accepting donations via text. Anyone who would like to make a financial contribution can text the word “give” to 80888. Monetary donations are also greatly needed.

Booneville collects bottled water
The Booneville Area Chamber of Commerce will accept bottled water until 5 p.m. Monday to join efforts in helping Smithville. Anyone with any questions may call the Chamber at (662) 728-4130, or take your donations to 100 W. Church St., Booneville.

The Allliance accepting donations
The Alliance will collect canned goods and bottled water to help the storm victims in the surrounding area. Donations can be dropped off The Alliance at 810 Tate St., Corinth, until 5 p.m. Monday, May 9.

Where to get help
Shelters
– First Baptist Church in Amory, official Red Cross shelter.
– Sav-A-Life in Amory, four large bathrooms, hygiene kits available.
– Grace Fellowship Church in Hatley.

Meals
– Southern Baptist cook teams are providing meals to anyone who needs them at the Red Cross shelter at First Baptist Church in Amory, as well as in Ackerman. Chainsaw teams are also working in Cumberland, Ackerman and in Yalobusha County. Contact the local Baptist Association office for more details.
– The Red Cross of Northeast Mississippi is transporting meals in its emergency response vehicles from First Baptist Church in Amory to areas affected by the tornado. ERVS will also provide aid, including meals, in Webster and Tishimingo counties Friday. Call (662) 842-6101.
– The Salvation Army is feeding from mobile canteens in Cumberland, Oxford and Smithville. Call (662) 842-9222.
n Christian Chapel Church of Christ in Hatley has set up an outdoor kitchen in the parking lot of the Smithville Church of Christ.
Daily Journal report