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Officials asking volunteers to register for more effective relief efforts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — As Mississippi digs out from Monday’s tornadoes, officials are trying to manage a blessing — volunteers. The state is encouraging people who want to help with recovery to register so they can match skills with needs and make sure volunteers arrive at the right time. Already in Winston County, volunteers are manning a collection point for donations ...

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New website launched to help Tupelo recover from storm

In the wake of the devastating tornado that caused widespread damage in the city of Tupelo Monday, a new website is aiming to help in the recovery efforts while at the same time illustrating the strength of community. Spearheaded by the Tupelo-based advertising firm Mabus Agency and sponsored by Renasant Bank, www.tupelostrong.com was launched Tuesday afternoon. The grass-roots mission is ...

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Chaney orders expansion of efforts to meet storm victims' needs

JACKSON — Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney is expanding the efforts of the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) and State Fire Marshal’s Office in assisting victims of Monday’s storms. Chaney and his staff visited Richland, Pearl, Brandon, Louisville and Tupelo Tuesday to assess damage, and he has ordered extra personnel in place in all areas. “The damage ...

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Obama declares disaster in wake of storms as death toll rises

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seven counties in Mississippi have been declared federal disaster areas following devastation from severe storms and tornadoes that swept through the state beginning April 28. Gov. Phil Bryant requested the expedited declaration from President Obama on April 29, and Mississippi’s congressional delegation yesterday sent a letter to the president in support of the governor’s request. The counties ...

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Board of Contractors: Be wary of fraudulent builders

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) warns homeowners and businesses affected by tornadoes and severe weather that moved through the state on Monday to be wary of fraudulent contractors who prey on storm damaged victims. The agency urges property owners to be vigilant when it comes to contracting for storm damage clean up and repairs. Consumers can ...

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MDES: Unemployment Insurance available to storm victims

JACKSON — Anyone temporarily or permanently unemployed as a result of this week’s storms may apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s website at mdes.ms.gov. Each claim will be verified using regular processes to determine individual eligibility. All WIN Job Centers are open and computers are available for individuals to use for filing UI claims ...

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Twenty counties see storm damage; death toll climbs to 12

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received reports of at 12 deaths and widespread damages related to the severe weather and tornadoes that moved through the state Monday. The counties reporting storm-related deaths are as follows: Issaquena: One death. Lee: One death. Rankin: One death. Winston: Nine deaths. National Weather Service survey crews have confirmed tornadoes touched ...

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Threat continues for more severe storms

While residents across Mississippi are reeling from yesterday’s destructive tornadoes, emergency officials warn the today’s storms could bring more devastation. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service ask residents to remain weather-aware with additional severe weather expected to move through the state this afternoon through mid-evening. The National Weather Service forecast includes the threat of several modes ...

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Atmos issues warning about natural gas leaks

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy is asking emergency crews, customers and volunteers involved in tornado cleanup efforts in Mississippi to beware of potential natural gas leaks caused by the storms. David Gates, president of Atmos Energy Mississippi division, says in a news release that the company is assessing damage from Monday’s storms. Gates says residents should be careful in moving ...

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