Monday, April 26, 2010

We Are Family

It was a rough weekend for friends and family in Mississippi.    Damage was unbelievable: 

• Attala — 35 homes damaged and seven injuries

• Choctaw — 114 homes/mobile homes damaged, two businesses, 15 injuries

• Holmes — 60 homes damaged and 25 injuries

• Monroe — 48 homes/mobile homes damaged, three businesses damaged, one injury

• Union — 63 homes/mobile homes damaged and one injury.

• Warren — 42 homes/mobile homes damaged

• Yazoo — 319 homes/mobile homes damaged, 10 confirmed dead

It is the worst natural disaster my home state has encountered since Hurricane Katrina.   However, just like Hurricane Katrina, people are more than willing to help in any and every way they can.   There are SO many people who are willing and wanting to help that they are urging people to register through the following website:

Or you can call the MS Commission for Volunteer Service to register at 1-888-353-1793.

Donations are currently being accepted for tornado relief at Brandon City Hall or MS State Fairgrounds. Best things to donate: cleaning supplies, clorox, pine sol, brooms, brushes, lysol, insecticide, bedding, sleeping bags, blankets, towels, and toiletries.

As you can see from the pictures below, people need everything right now!

Our governor, Haley Barbour, has declared Tuesday as a Day of Prayer to remember Mississippians who suffered losses in Saturday's severe weather and for those families who lost loved ones in last week's oil rig accident.

Barbour says the past few days "have been tough for many Mississippi families."

Barbour has ordered state flags to be flown at half staff April 27 through April 30 as part of a period of mourning.    


Patti Lacy said...

Oh, I am so overwhelmed by looking at these images and reading the grim statistics. Thanks for jogging my memory in a day of dysfunction and trouble calling on the phone to focus on Mississippi.


Taylor & Krisa said...

PS...the image is a hoax. Saw it on WAPT this morning. Check out snopes - it's been circulating since Katrina.

Deanna said...

Really? I thought since it was on a news source it was fine. Thanks for letting me know.