For those affected by the Mississippi tornadoes, there are various resources available to provide emotional support and practical assistance. Here are some resources that may be helpful:
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that provides disaster relief services, including emergency shelter, food, and supplies, as well as emotional support to those affected by natural disasters. To request assistance or find a shelter, you can visit their website or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
- Red Cross Responds to Mississippi, Alabama Tornadoes as More Dangerous Storms Threaten
- American Red Cross of Alabama and Mississippi
- Red Cross Mobile Apps and Voice-Enabled Skills/Actions
- Find Open Shelters
- Contact Loved Ones
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is the state agency responsible for coordinating and managing emergency preparedness and response efforts. They provide information and updates on emergency situations, including weather alerts and safety tips. You can visit their website or follow them on social media for the latest updates.
- Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) | MSEMA.org
- Governor Tate Reeves Issues a State of Emergency
- 2-1-1 (Phone assistance 2-1-1 for help locating clothing, food, or resources for your family, 24/7)
- Salvation Army Location Search
- Disaster Loan Assistance | U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Mississippi Department of Mental Health: The Mississippi Department of Mental Health offers a range of mental health services, including crisis counseling and support for individuals affected by traumatic events. They have a crisis hotline that you can call for support at 1-877-210-8513.
- Coping with Traumatic Events
- Managing Stress in Times of Crisis
- Helping Children Cope with Disaster
- Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events and Emergencies
- Media Coverage of Traumatic Events
FEMA: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides disaster assistance to individuals and families affected by natural disasters, including financial assistance and temporary housing. You can apply for FEMA assistance online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
- Mississippi | FEMA.gov
- DRC Locator (Disaster Recovery Center Locator)
- FEMA Mobile Products (Download the FEMA App to find open shelters or text SHELTER and your zip code. For example, “SHELTER 01234”. For Spanish text REFUGIO and your zip code. Standard text message rates apply.)
National Center for PTSD: The National Center for PTSD provides resources and information on trauma and PTSD for survivors of natural disasters. They offer information on coping strategies, treatment options, and support groups for individuals and families affected by traumatic events.
- Home | DisasterAssistance.gov
- Emergency Shelter | DisasterAssistance.gov
- Tornadoes | MSEMA.org
- Tornadoes | Ready.gov
- Tornado Safety | American Red Cross
- Emergency Preparedness: Tornadoes | National Weather Service
- Tornado Cleanup and Response | The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Remember, your Assistance Program is also here to help. If you or your family members are struggling with the emotional impact of the Mississippi tornadoes, please do not hesitate to reach out for confidential counseling and support services. The assistance program can connect you with licensed mental health professionals who can help you cope emotionally, and the program is available 24/7, and free to use.