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Disaster Information

A resource hub for all things related to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. In an emergency, please dial 9-1-1.
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In an emergency, dial 9-1-1 to reach local Law Enforcement and Fire Department


NEA MB has launched a GoFundMe campaign to aid members impacted by the tornado/storms. We hope that the generosity of MAE members, friends, community members and our national allies will help us surpass the $20,000 goal. 

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The Mississippi Rapid Response Team organizes volunteers to help in a variety of ways. This coalition of individuals and over 30 organizations is seeking volunteers to assist with relief efforts for communities in the MS Delta that were impacted by the recent Tornado and severe storms. 

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Additional Information & Resources

As educators, we understand the importance of being prepared for unexpected events. Whether it's a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado, or a man-made crisis like a school shooting or pandemic, being informed and having a plan in place can make all the difference. 

That's why we've compiled a comprehensive list of resources from local, state, and federal agencies to help you stay informed and prepared. From the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and beyond, we've got you covered. 

We also understand the importance of community support during times of crisis. That's why we've included links to local organizations and nonprofits that can provide assistance with everything from food and shelter to mental health and counseling services:

In an emergency, first dial 9-1-1 to reach local Law Enforcement and Fire Department. Local law enforcement and fire departments play a crucial role in responding to disasters. They are often the first on the scene and can provide immediate assistance to those in need.


  1. National Weather Service - Tornado Safety

  2. American Red Cross - Tornado Safety Checklist

  3. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Tornadoes

  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Tornadoes

  5. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) - Tornado Safety

  6. Mississippi State University Extension Service - Tornado Preparedness


NEA Member Benefits (NEA MB) has activated its Disaster Relief Program (DRP) effective March 26, 2023. This program is in response to the FEMA-declared major disaster for the incident period of March 24-25, 2023, affecting the following MS counties: Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey.

NEA MB has created a specially designed DRP webpage that provides more details about the resources and accommodations available to affected members. The activation of the Disaster Relief Program means that NEA MB and its business partners stand ready to provide resources and special accommodations to affected  MAE members and affiliates, as well as to NEA member-participants in NEA MB programs. Learn more.

Here are other sources of Disaster relief:

  1. The Salvation Army - Disaster Response Services

  2. Samaritan's Purse - US Disaster Relief

  3. Team Rubicon - Disaster Response

  4. Sharkey County Emergency Management Agency: Call (662) 873-4323. The Sharkey County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for coordinating emergency response efforts during disasters. They work closely with local officials and first responders to ensure that the community is prepared for any emergency situation.

  5. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency: The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating disaster response and recovery efforts. MEMA provides training and resources to local officials and first responders, and can assist with evacuation and sheltering operations.

    1. The MEMA information line can be reached at 866-920-MEMA (6362).

    2. Their website,, provides up-to-date information on current disasters and emergency situations. 

  6. American Red Cross: The Mississippi Red Cross can be reached at (601) 353-5442. The American Red Cross provides emergency assistance, including shelter, food, and emotional support, to individuals and families affected by disasters. They also provide preparedness training to help communities be better prepared for emergencies.

  7. Salvation Army: The Mississippi Salvation Army can be reached at (601) 982-4881. The Salvation Army provides disaster relief services, including food, shelter, and emotional support, to individuals and families affected by disasters. They also provide long-term recovery assistance to help communities rebuild after a disaster.

  8. It is important to stay informed during a disaster situation. Residents of Sharkey County can sign up for emergency alerts and notifications from MEMA by visiting the agency's website. It is also recommended to have an emergency plan in place and to be prepared with supplies, such as water, non-perishable food, and a first aid kit, in the event of an emergency. 

The above links provide a range of information, from tornado safety tips to resources for disaster response and recovery. They can help individuals and communities prepare for tornadoes and respond effectively in the event of a tornado-related emergency. 

We hope you find this resource helpful and informative, and we encourage you to share it with your colleagues, students, and community members.

Together, we can weather any storm and emerge stronger on the other side. 

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