Lowndes County Tornado Response
Representatives of the Mississippi State University Extension Service are assisting as needed with tornado damage in Lowndes County, Mississippi. While local residents and citizens in neighboring counties want to offer goods and services to disaster victims, all are encouraged to make financial donations instead of clothing, furniture, and other unrequested items. Excessive and unneeded items often create additional challenges rather than providing aid and comfort after a disaster.
Lowndes County Extension agents Vivian Cade and Reid Nevins are providing oversight to the Extension response. They are working closely with Cindy Lawrence, Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency director; Renee Sanders, director of the United Way of Lowndes County; and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.
Extension publications, news articles, and videos are online to provide Mississippians with the information they need to stay safe before, during, and after any disaster.
- Ready.gov: Prepare. Plan. Stay informed.
- ARC: Prepare
- MEMA: Preparedness
- NC State: Disaster Handbook
- Humane Society: Disaster Plans for Pets
Related Audio File
- Hurricane Preparedness for Cattle Producers (Farm and Family Radio Show, May 19, 2011 - MP3 audio file)
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Movies depict many scenarios where a person has to leave home quickly, and those scenes show how important it is to grab the right items.
Susan Cosgrove, family resource management Extension associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cash and financial records should be high on the list of items to take in an emergency.
When the temperatures drop for several days, getting warm is the only thing on our minds. Sometimes desperation leads people to make choices they wouldn’t consider otherwise.
Fortunately, we live in a state that doesn’t see a lot of bitterly cold winter weather. However, it can still get cold, even in the Deep South. When the weather forecast shows temperatures staying below freezing for several days, be prepared to drip your indoor faucets to keep your pipes from freezing and possibly breaking. (Photo by Michaela Parker/Cindy Callahan)
The official start of winter is just around the corner. Are you prepared for cold weather around the house? (Yes, I mean more than having a significant supply of hot cocoa and blankets!) As anyone who has wrestled with a freezing cold garden hose can attest, it’s a lot more fun to deal with the details when outdoor temperatures are still somewhat pleasant. (Photo by Micheala Parker/Cindy Callahan)
Instructors interested in helping young people, families and communities prepare for disasters can take part in a two-day training event in December at Mississippi State University.