Spring is typically the time of year when the most severe weather strikes Mississippi. In 2020 Mississippi experienced 82 tornadoes, according to the MEMA (Mississippi Emergency Management Agency) website. In April alone, 24 tornadoes were confirmed, one of which set a record as the third widest tornado in U.S. history.
Recovery is a difficult and lengthy process, and volunteers are essential to any community that experiences any type of emergency. As a general rule, volunteers fall into two categories: (1) disaster relief and (2) long-term recovery. The term "disaster relief" refers to the initial clean-up and protection of property following a disaster, and the term "long-term recovery" refers to the rebuilding process, which can take weeks, months, or even years.
As much as you may want to help as soon as disaster strikes, MEMA asks that you not self-deploy. In many cases, having volunteers on site who are not affiliated with an emergency management team can create more complications. However, if you are not affiliated with such a team but would still like to be contacted in the event of a disaster, you can be placed on a call list. By doing so, you are not committing to being a volunteer; you are simply making yourself available to be contacted. At the time of contact you may choose to volunteer or not.
Click here to sign up to be on the call list for potential volunteer service in the aftermath of a disaster. (Please note this form is for Northeast Mississippi only.)
Click here for more information and to register.
FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you prefer to stay home but still want to volunteer in some capacity, consider some remote volunteer opportunities. There is so much good that can be done without leaving your house. Click here for some ideas.
Want to educate people about breast cancer awareness and help save lives? Become a virtual global educator with Know Your Lemons Foundation. Click here for details.
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When you volunteer at our nonprofits, please remember to follow all safety precautions, including wearing a mask and social distancing.
Are you still not sure what types of volunteer opportunities are available in Northeast Mississippi?
Why not view some videos created by our local nonprofits and find an agency that could use YOUR help?