How to Help Mississippi & Alabama Tornado Victims
On March 24, a powerful EF-4 tornado cut a destructive 100-mile path through parts of Mississippi and Alabama, killing at least 26 people and leaving dozens more injured. Buildings in the hardest-hit towns were flattened as the tornado ruptured electrical, gas, and water lines throughout the region. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a state of emergency for all counties affected by the tornadoes.
Several organizations are on the ground to assist residents as they begin the recovery process. Local community members that are eager to help the recovery efforts assisting the tornado’s victims may be interested in supporting one or more of the nonprofits delivering aid listed here. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana provides this list as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about how to assist and has verified that each organization listed here is a U.S. 501c3 public charity.
We will continue to update this list as we learn more in the coming days.
SOS has collected water, personal hygiene items, and medical supplies for those affected by the devastating storms in the South. With the help of UPS, those items will be transported to their partner organization in Mississippi, and will help cover the gaps of needs not met by aid. To support SOS International and their mission, you can donate to their organization, which you can access by clicking here. In the Memo line, please write ‘Mississippi Tornado Relief’.
The United Way of West Central Mississippi
Donors can support the local United Way of West Central Mississippi by donating via an online portal, which you can access by clicking here. Please write “Rolling For Relief” in the donations note and 100-percent of the proceeds will go directly to the community.
American Red Cross of Alabama and Mississippi
The American Red Cross of Alabama and Mississippi, which is comprised of 149 counties throughout the two states, is accepting donations to help people affected by the tornadoes and storms, which you can find by clicking here. When making your gift, please select ‘Southern Tornadoes & Storms’ from the dropdown menu. Both credit card and PayPal payment options are available.
The Salvation Army
Donors interested in supporting the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief can do by clicking here. When making your gift, please select ‘Mississippi Tornadoes (March 2023)’ from the dropdown menu. PayPal, Venmo, credit cards, and bank transfers are available.