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How to give or get help after deadly Mississippi tornadoes

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Organizations, nonprofits, and community members throughout the state have come together to collect resources for those affected by Friday night’s severe weather and tornadoes.

Residents in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey counties who sustained losses can currently apply for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

At this time, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety is partnering with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce to accept donations of bottled water, canned goods, and paper products.

Those interested in donating to help residents in the affected counties can drop items off at the following locations:

Location Address Point of Contact Hours of Operation
Humphrey’s County Emergency Management Agency 106 East StreetSilver City, MS Tamekia Jones 662-836-8347 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Crossway Church 1825 Hwy 61 SouthVicksburg, MS 39180 Mike Marshall601-218-8627 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Mississippi Fairgrounds 1207 Mississippi StreetJackson, MS 39202 MHP Troop C 601-420-6342 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
 MHP Patrol Troop K 16741 Highway 67, Biloxi, MS 228-534-8619 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (March 28 – March 30)
 MHP Patrol Troop F 1103 Bratton Road, New Albany, MS 662-534-8619 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (March 28 – March 30)
 Old Amory Garment 902 Main Street SouthAmory, MS Patty Parker 662-257-2474 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Amory Regional Museum 801 3rd Street South Amory, MS Wayne Knox 662-315-1849, 662-256-276 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Carroll-County-Old Vaiden High School Gym 504 MulberryVaiden, MS 39176 Stella Bell 662-897-0511 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.

Here’s a list of needed items:

  • Non-perishable food
  • Sunblock
  • Baby wipes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paper products: toilet paper, tissues, plates
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Storage Bins
  • Gatorade
  • Sports drinks
  • Hygiene products
  • Women’s hygiene products
  • Do NOT need clothing donations

Volunteer Mississippi is asking private citizens not to self-deploy. They will work with VOAD (Volunteer Organizations After Disasters) to match unaffiliated volunteers with affiliated groups on the ground when the time is right. The online volunteer matching platform,, will post opportunities as they become available.

Free crisis counseling services are also available for survivors in the affected areas. These services are available 24 hours a day by calling (800) 985-5990 or by visiting

Federal aid now available to counties affected by Friday night tornadoes

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