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Authorities, insurers respond in storm's aftermath

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division continues to respond to multiple tornado touchdowns across Mississippi and Alabama. Feeding, hydration and emotional and spiritual support are being provided to communities devastated by Saturday’s storms.

The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units in Yazoo City and Attala County in Mississippi and Albertville and Fort Payne in Alabama.

On Saturday, Salvation Army Disaster response teams served over 830 hot meals and 450 snacks to residents and first responders in Mississippi.

Victims of the Saturday’s storms across the state are urged to document damage and file their insurance claims as quickly as possible. The Mississippi Insurance Department’s (MID’s) consumer services division is standing ready to assist policyholders with their claims.

Anyone having problems reaching their agent or insurance company, or filing their claim should call the MID Consumer Services toll-free number at 1-800-562-2957.

“We are getting reports of extensive damage from Warren and Yazoo counties and as far east as the Starkville area. Our thoughts are with victims as they begin cleanup and repairs from the storms. The Mississippi Insurance Department is ready to help the recovery process by making the claim filing process easier,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said.

Chaney, who is also the State Fire Marshal, added that State Fire Marshal Deputies have been deployed to the area to assist local authorities.

State Farm, Mississippi’s largest home and auto insurer, is encouraging policyholders to make temporary repairs to damaged structures and to save receipts for the possible reimbursement of expenses. The company has activated additional resources across the state in response to damaging storms that affected the state this weekend.

Hundreds of home and automobile claims from across the state are expected to be reported throughout the week, State Farm reports.

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