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TORNADO RELIEF



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Band Together-Benefit Concert


Band Together – a concert to benefit the tornado recovery efforts
 
June 5 – Fairpark / Hosted by the Tupelo Elvis Festival
 
Band Together Line Up:
Paul Thorn
Aaron Hall w/Chris Chew, North MS Allstars & Keith Sanders, from American Idol
Jimbo Mathus & Durty Crooks
Cary Hudson
The Red Thangs
 
The admission price is whatever you can give! Cash donations will be collected at the Fairpark entrance gates. If you donate online, print out a receipt and bring it with you to show to the gatekeeper at the concert. All proceeds will go through Create Foundation for NE MS tornado relief.

Click here to donate or for more info!

Info on registering for disaster assistance


 MISSISSIPPI STORM SURVIVORS URGED TO REGISTER FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

PEARL, Miss. – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in Mississippi are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.

The presidential disaster declaration of April 30 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Itawamba, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Rankin, Wayne and Winston counties.

Individuals and business owners in the designated counties can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone at m.fema.gov. Applicants may also call 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. If you use Video Relay Services, call 800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. C-Spire wireless customers can register by calling #362.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, and for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical and dental expenses or funeral and burial costs. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) may also be available to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance.

Mississippi residents should register with FEMA even if they have insurance. FEMA cannot duplicate insurance payments, but under-insured applicants may receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Registering with FEMA is required for federal aid, even if the person has registered with another disaster-relief organization. FEMA registrants must use the name that appears on their Social Security card.

Applicants will be asked for the following information:

• Social Security number

• Address of the damaged home or apartment

• Description of the damage

• Information about insurance coverage

• A current contact telephone number

• An address where they can receive mail

• Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

 

For more information on Mississippi disaster recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4175  or visit the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) site at www.msema.org/ 

Don't Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers


Don’t Be Victimized by Fraudulent Contractors or Disaster Workers
 
JACKSON, MS – Mississippians whose homes were damaged in the recent storms and tornadoes may encounter people attempting to cheat them by posing as inspectors, government officials or contractors. These persons may try to obtain personal information or collect payment for disaster assistance or repairs.
Please keep in mind that FEMA employees DO NOT solicit or accept money from disaster survivors. Many legitimate disaster assistance employees may visit your property such as insurance agents, FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams and inspectors.
Here are some tips to remember to safeguard against fraud:
 
  • Ask to see ID badges. All FEMA representatives will have a laminated photo ID. A FEMA shirt or jacket is not proof of identity. If you are unsure or uncomfortable with anyone you encounter, please contact local law enforcement.
  • Safeguard personal information. Be cautious when giving personal information such as Social Security or bank account numbers to anyone. FEMA will only request an applicant’s bank account numbers during the initial registration process. However FEMA inspectors will require verification of identity.
  • Beware of people going door-to-door. People knocking on doors at damaged homes or phoning homeowners claiming to be building contractors could be con artists, especially if they ask for personal information or solicit money.
  • Federal workers do not solicit or accept money. FEMA and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) staff never charge applicants for disaster assistance, inspections or help to fill out applications. FEMA inspectors verify damages, but do not involve themselves in any aspect of the repair nor recommend any contractor.
  • FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams may be in your community providing information and assisting people in registering with FEMA or updating their files. The teams coordinate their activities with local emergency managers and make local law enforcement agencies aware of their presence. The teams always consist of at least two people, and may include employees of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as well as FEMA. They will always be wearing FEMA (or MEMA) shirts and laminated photo IDs. Disaster Survivor Assistance teams never ask for or accept payment for their services.
Always use licensed and bonded contractors and ask for credentials. Use Mississippi contractors if you can. You can verify a Mississippi contractor’s license online at msboc.us. If you have a complaint about anyone soliciting your business, contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office toll-free number at 800-281-4418.
If you have knowledge of fraud, waste, abuse or allegations of mismanagement involving disaster relief operations, call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.
Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties may be eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.
 
Individuals and households in those counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages.
 
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 
 
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
 

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center New Hours


 
Disaster Recovery Center Schedule Changes Begin Saturday, May 17
 
JACKSON, Miss. – Beginning Saturday, May 17, hours of operation of the eight Disaster Recovery Centers open in Mississippi will change. Survivors may visit any center for assistance. The new schedules are:

Itawamba County:
265 Tishtontee Dr., Mantachie, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
 
Jones County:
1425 Ellisville Blvd., Laurel, Miss.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (unchanged).
 
Lee County:
320 Court St., Tupelo, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
 
Lowndes County:
222 Lawrence Dr. and 381 Stadium Rd., Columbus, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
 
Rankin County:
601 Marquette Rd., Brandon, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
 
Wayne County:
810 Chickasawhay St., Waynesboro, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday.
 
Winston County:
826 S. Church St., Louisville, Miss.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
 
Disaster survivors in Itawamba, Jones, Leake, Lee, Lowndes, Madison, Montgomery, Rankin, Simpson, Warren, Wayne and Winston counties may be eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. If possible, they should register for FEMA assistance before visiting a Disaster Recovery Center. At a center they can check on the status of their application and learn about other recovery services available from other agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
Individuals and households in those counties can register for FEMA Individual Assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov, via smartphone or tablet at m.FEMA.gov or by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY should call 800-462-7585. Lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (central time) and assistance is available in multiple languages. FEMA assistance does not affect benefits from other federal programs such as Social Security, SNAP or Medicaid and is not considered taxable income.
For more information on Mississippi disaster recovery, click fema.gov/disaster/4175. Visit the MEMA site at msema.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/msemaorg.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. 
 
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362.
 
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
 

Monetary Donations


Several options to financially help all communities hit by the storms, including text donations, Salvation Army, Red Cross, and the CREATE Northeast Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund, are available at here.

#tupelostrong


Tupelo Strong has been created to connect volunteers and people with storm needs. Visit tupelostrong.com.  You can also use the link on the site to donate to the CREATE Foundation's Northeast Mississippi Tornado Relief Fund, along with posting needs such as clothing, tree and/or debris removal, food and water, shelter information, pet help, and there is a Lost & Found Section, too. Visit tupelostong.com

Supply Donations


Lee County food and water collection site, 1031 S. Green St., Tupelo / 8am until 6pm, Mon-Sat. People can donate nonperishable food, water, and they have a need for the items listed below.  Please do not drop clothing at this site. 

-Cleaning Supplies
Paper towels
409
Windex
Mops
Brooms
Wipes, Purex or Clorox
Lysol
PineSol

- Toilietries
Feminine hygiene products
Adult diapers - large

- Paper Goods
Plates
Knives, forks, spoons
Cups - 10 oz. and 16 oz.
Napkins

- Other Items
Laundry detergent
Dish washing detergent
Gatorade
Coca-Cola or Pepsi products
 

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 neeeds toiletries and they can be dropped off at their 527 Carnation Street location.

Winston County: A donations warehouse is located at the Louisville/Winston County Coliseum, 201 Ivy Ave, Louisville, MS 39339. For specific inquiries, call 662-773-7896.

Special Assistance


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 at faceittupelo@live.com or (662) 322-7434(662) 322-7434.

The U-Haul Company of Mississippi is offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box Portable Moving and Self-Storage Pods to Mississippi residents affected by severe weather.

Food, clothing and hygiene supplies are available through the Salvation Army. For these items go to 527 Carnation Street or the Disaster Recovery Center set up at 320 Court Street in Tupelo. The Disaster Recovery Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday until further notice.