Mississippians Rise to River’s Challenge

PEARL, Miss.—As fourteen counties face unprecedented flooding along the Mississippi River, families, community and faith-based groups are lining up to assist affected communities. The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) launched a Flood Recovery Volunteer Registration program on May 12, and over 800 individuals have registered. Individuals and volunteer groups interested in serving affected areas […]


RIGHT TIME TO REBUILD SAFER, STRONGER

CLINTON, Miss. – Rebuilding in the aftermath of the April storms and tornadoes is not only about recovering from disaster, it‟s also about reducing future risks caused by high winds or tornadoes. “It‟s the right time for residents and business owners to use techniques to rebuild safer and stronger to reduce the risks of future […]


RIGHT TIME TO REBUILD SAFER, STRONGER

CLINTON, Miss. – Rebuilding in the aftermath of the April storms and tornadoes is not only about recovering from disaster, it‟s also about reducing future risks caused by high winds or tornadoes. “It‟s the right time for residents and business owners to use techniques to rebuild safer and stronger to reduce the risks of future […]


Volunteers make free donation store for tornado survivors

SMITHVILLE, MS — Three weeks after a devastating EF-5 tornado destroyed the town of Smithville, residents find new beginnings in a massive furniture store warehouse now fully stocked with donations – food, water, clothing, furniture, medicine – all basic items that give this community hope for a new start. People from nearby towns like Amory […]


$6.2 MILLION APPROVED FOR MISSISSIPPI STORM SURVIVORS

CLINTON, Miss. – In just 12 days more than $6.2 million in federal assistance has been approved for people in 40 Mississippi counties that were declared as two major disaster areas by the president following devastating tornadoes and historic Mississippi River flooding. While many recovery efforts along the severely flooded Mississippi River are held back […]


Free Tetanus Shots Available in 14 Counties

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reminds all flood-affected residents that a tetanus vaccination is recommended if it’s been 10 years or more since your last tetanus vaccination (Tdap is the recommended vaccine). In the event of a puncture wound or wound contaminated with floodwater, individuals should consult a healthcare provider. Tetanus vaccinations are […]


DISASTER SURVIVORS: DON’T BE VICTIMIZED BY FRAUD

CLINTON, Miss. – Mississippi residents affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding are urged to be alert for and report potential fraud during recovery and rebuilding efforts. Those who suspect anyone – contractor, inspector, disaster survivor or someone posing as any of these – of committing fraudulent activities should call the Disaster Fraud Hotline toll-free […]


MDOT Activates Call Center

JACKSON, MISS., Wednesday, May 18, 2011— The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will activate the Call Center for traffic information today. Due to an increase in call volume, the Call Center is now available. The public is urged to call 1-866-521- 6368 for road closure information. MDOT would also like to remind motorists to visit […]


MDEQ PROVIDES ASBESTOS AND LEAD PAINT GUIDANCE FOR BUILDINGS DAMAGED BY TORNADOS/FLOODS

(JACKSON, Miss.) – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is providing asbestos and lead paint guidance to homeowners and property owners who will be involved in debris clean-up and renovation and demolition of damaged buildings due to tornado or flood damage. The Regulations governing the removal of asbestos and lead paint are administered by […]


GOV. BARBOUR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES RECEIVE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

JACKSON – Gov. Haley Barbour announced today that 36 counties affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes April 15-April 28 are now eligible for public assistance reimbursement through FEMA. “This declaration will allow local governments as well as state government to recover costs and losses caused by the storms,” Gov. Barbour said. “Towns, cities […]