Tornado relief, May 7: How to help, get help

Here’s a roundup of how to help and how to get help. Email with additions for the listing. Check for updates.

Assistance General

• FEMA Disaster Response Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day at the old Tupelo Water & Light collections office, 320 Court St., Tupelo and the Mantachie Community Center on Tishtontee Drive. Renters, home owners and business owners can register there or online at or by calling (800) 621-3362.

• Lee County collection site, 1031 S. Green St., Tupelo, has nonperishable foods, sports drinks, water, tarps, some roofing materials and baby formula available for those affected by the tornado. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call (662) 871-2819.

• United Way of Northeast Mississippi is connecting those in need with community resources and is taking requests for volunteer assistance at (662) 841-9133.

• Salvation Army is providing assistance with food and clothing for families affected by the tornado at the Disaster Relief Center at 320 Court St., Tupelo, in addition to distributing water, meals, snacks and clean up kits to those working in affected neighborhoods. Call (662) 231-9866.

• Operation Blessing Disaster Relief Services has partnered with Word of Life Church in Tupelo to provide free disaster assistance in tornado-affected areas. Residents who need assistance should complete a request at 1984 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (757) 274-8650 for information. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday to get assignments. Volunteers should call (757) 374-0944 for more information.

• Free tetanus vaccines are available at the Lee and Itawamba County health departments. The people working in storm cleanup are strongly encouraged to get a tetanus booster if they haven’t had one in the past 10 years. Free to residents of disaster-declared counties.

Special needs

• People with food allergies affected by the tornado can get assistance from FACE IT food allergy support group in Tupelo. The group is serving as the conduit for several national food allergy groups to provide specialty foods for people with food allergies. The first shipments were expected in Tupelo on Wednesday. Contact Amelia Smith Murphree or (662) 322-7434.

• Advocacy assistance with prescription medication refill issues and replacement of medical equipment and devices lost in the tornado is being offered free through Mississippi Med Event. Call Bridgette Clock at (662) 871-1802.

Donations of supplies

• Lee County food and water collection site, 1031 S. Green St., Tupelo, is accepting nonperishable food, water, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items. Please do not drop clothing at this site. Call (662) 871-2819 for assistance in coordinating donations.

• Itawamba County donation site at Centerville Baptist Church, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is accepting items such as water, sports drinks, flashlights, batteries, toiletries of all kinds, baby wipes, snacks, totes and garbage bags.

• Salvation Army of Tupelo is accepting water, sports drinks, household items and furniture at its 527 Carnation Street campus. For pick up of large items, call (662) 680-2757.

• Helping Hands food pantry/clothes closet operated by First United Methodist Church, is accepting nonperishable food, clothing, small household items at its 314 S. Church St., Tupelo, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call Bonnie at (662) 690-8100 to schedule donations at other times. No furniture please.

Donations of money

• CREATE Foundation Northeast Mississippi Tornado relief fund will collect money to be distributed through local emergency relief agencies to reach the areas of greatest need. The foundation is also overseeing a Tupelo Public School District Tornado Relief fun to provide for classroom supplies and assistance to Tupelo school families, students and staff affected by the tornado. Donations can be made online at and by phone at (662) 844-8989.

• Salvation Army donations are handled through

• Red Cross, which is operating a shelter at BancorpSouth Arena that will continue to be open tonight, is accepting donations through or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


• United Way of Northeast Mississippi has established a volunteer reception center at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, 399 E. Main St. It will open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No satellite locations will be open for volunteer registration during the week. Call (662) 841-9133.

• Tupelo Strong connects volunteers and people with storm needs. Visit

• Operation Blessing, working with Word of Life Church on Eason Boulevard, is organizing volunteer clean up. Volunteers should meet at 8:30 Monday-Saturday to get assignments. Volunteers should call (757) 374-0944 for more information.

Debris removal

• Debris should be separated into household waste, electronics, large appliances, hazardous waste such as paint, oil, pesticides, construction debris and vegetative debris and placed curbside away from trees and other structures.

Debris drop-offs

• MDEQ household hazardous waste collection site, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Saturday at the Lee County Agricenter. Accepting household chemicals, household pesticides, used oil and gasoline, thermostats, lighting ballasts, capacitors, electronic wastes like televisions, large appliance like refrigerators, washers, dryers and stoves. Call Torrey Mitchell at (662) 655-5600 for more information.

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