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Agencies coordinating disaster relief for Mississippiâ€™s tornado victims say two things are needed: cash donations and volunteers on standby.
â€œThe victims donâ€™t need stuff, not yet,â€ said Paige Roberts of the Southeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross. â€œThe organizations that are here to provide them shelter, food and emotional support need money to meet those needs.â€
Volunteer coordinators are encouraging those who want to help to register with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service and wait for a call.
â€œThere is so much debris in the area,â€ said Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. â€œSo many people have big hearts, but we want to keep everyone safe as well. Weâ€™re in the process of assessing damages and can make better use of volunteers once we know what weâ€™re dealing with.â€
Saturdayâ€™s deadly twister barrelled into Mississippi from Louisiana, crossing about 100 miles and packing speeds of about 160 mph in Yazoo City and in Holmes County, according to the National Weather Service.
Authorities in Mississippi have confirmed 10 dead, 49 injured and about 700 homes damaged or destroyed.
Officials say theyâ€™ve used lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to coordinate disaster relief. After Katrina, hundreds of volunteers with no point of contact came to the Coast to help. A lot of donated clothing was sent elsewhere. There was no place for storage.
â€œWe saw the need to line up volunteers for the spots where they can help the best,â€ said Flynn.
Joy Smith of the MCVS said many who have called to volunteer are Coast survivors of Katrina.
â€œThe majority of our calls have been from the 228 area code,â€ Smith said. â€œIt is so heartwarming. One man said heâ€™s ready to come with his tools. A little old lady from Pascagoula, who lost all she owned in Katrina, said she canâ€™t travel far but she wants to give something back.â€
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims’ families and survivors of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.
Since we are Junk Car Nation, we figured the only appropriate way to grieve along with all the victims, would be to be cognizant of the horrible destruction ofÂ their vehicles.
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