Multiple Ways to Help with Community Relief Post Tornado Destruction
CLCC NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MULTIPLE WAYS TO HELP WITH COMMUNITY RELIEF POST TORNADO DESTRUCTION
Columbus, Miss., - The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce is saddened by the destruction of homes, businesses, and infrastructure caused by the tornado on Saturday evening, February 23, 2019. The business community, our membership, stands ready and able to assist through community agencies in the Golden Triangle. Here is the information we know and urge our members to get involved with. If you know of other ways the community can help, please contact us so we can get the word out.
The Mayor’s Office and the City of Columbus have set up a one-stop Disaster Assistance Center on the lower level of the Trotter Convention Center. Mississippi Emergency Management will be assisting in training volunteers and sending them on assignments. Volunteer Response Center Training will be Wednesday morning, February 26, between 8:00 am and 11:00 am at the Trotter Convention Center. All volunteers must participate in this training. Then at 12:00 pm the response center will open to the public and begin sending volunteers on work orders.
A website was also created for consolidation of information regarding aid workers, donations, and victims of the tornado and storm needing assistance. The website is www.helpcolumbusms.org. Individuals have also started using the hashtag, #onecolumbus, to show support.
The American Red Cross shelter is set up at the Townsend Community Center 826 15th Street South, contact John Brown the Ex Director of Red Cross (601) 596-8722 to help.
Donations of Non-Perishable Food, Hygiene Products, and Bottled Water are being collected by the United Way at 1605 Main Street, the Old Mayors office. Additional donations such as clothing, food, water, blankets, are being accepted by the Salvation Army at 602 14th Street North, Carter's Funeral Service.
Thank you to Chamber Members such as C Spire Columbus for setting up a cell phone charging station at Carter’s Funeral Service for victims and Mugshots Bar and Grill for working towards a food truck at the Red Cross Shelter. Zachary's Restaurant is grilling out for all the lineman, first responders, and victims at that location as well. Belk Department Store donated tons of pillows to victims. Columbus Housing Authority ’s disaster relief efforts have included housing applications, providing apartments to several eligible people, CHA staff serving food, donated cases of sodas, water and paper products. If you know of other Chamber Members helping out, tell us, and thank them for us!
The Columbus Lowndes Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the support agencies in Columbus such as the United Way, Salvation Army, Red Cross, various churches, and others, for jumping into action to support victims of the tornado, storm, and flooding.
For more information, please contact:
United Way of Lowndes County
Or visit helpcolumbusms.org