Category Archives: Disaster

From the Archive: Flood waters created damage beyond belief, “like a bomb had gone off” (part 2 in a 3 part series)

(Editor’s note: The flooding that struck the Mid-South area in April and May caused devastation for many local families. While the waters have receded, the impact of the disaster continues to be a part of many lives. Paul Smothers has … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Flood waters forced local family to evacuate (part 1 in a 3 part series)

(Editor’s note: The flooding that struck the Mid-South area in April and May caused devastation for many local families. While the waters have receded, the impact of the disaster remains as a part of many lives. Paul Smothers’ 3-part series … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Shelby County Long Term Recovery Committee meets at United Way

The first meeting of the Shelby County Long-Term Recovery Committee took place last week in the United Way of the Mid-South board room. The committee was created to help address immediate and long-term recovery needs for the county in light … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Cargill, Inc. provides a helping hand to emergency & disaster recovery efforts in Memphis

Cargill, Inc. has made a generous gift of $37,100 to assist with ongoing emergency and disaster relief efforts connected to local flooding last April and May. Cargill employees presented the gifts to United Way President Bryce Haugsdahl at Tom Lee … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Call for volunteers – local storm & flood relief workers needed

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with Mid-South VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters) is calling for volunteers to help with two projects related to the recent storms, floods¬†and disasters in our area. ¬† Project One: Cleaning Bucket … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Be careful about charity scams when giving to disaster relief

ABC News 24 aired a report last night about the risks of giving to some disaster relief organizations that seem to “suddenly spring up” right after local emergencies. As part of the story, ABC News 24 reporter Jenni DiPrizio spoke … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Organized Labor called to help with disaster and flood relief (2011 flooding)

As a member of organized labor, you can make a donation to help people who are impacted by the recent floods and disasters in our Mid-South area, in a way that allows us to recognize the support of our friends … Continue reading

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NEWS: President Obama meets with United Way staff working with VOAD and disaster relief effort

(Memphis, TN) Earlier today, President Barack Obama met with local emergency and disaster leaders who are coordinating efforts to respond to the current flooding situation in Memphis. United Way of the Mid-South staff member Loretta Hurt, who serves as a … Continue reading

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2-1-1 “especially invaluable in times of natural disaster” – The Congressional Record, May 10, 2011

Earlier this week in the House of Representatives, Hon. Lee Terry (Nebraska) paid tribute to the dedicated professionals who work for information and referral systems across America. Terry gave particular praise to the network of 2-1-1 organizations across the nation. … Continue reading

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From the Archive: Free Tax Prep volunteers training to help people with amended tax returns due to tornado, winds, floods

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) workers are receiving training so they can better serve people who are impacted by recent tornadoes, windstorms and flooding in the Mid-South. Volunteers will receive additional training so they can be up-to-date on important tax-related … Continue reading

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