Disaster

 

Jackson/Lafayette Area Tornado Volunteers & Donations

 

 

Volunteers

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. The community appreciates the outpouring of support and assistance! Currently volunteers have been asked to complete an intake to be shared with on-site coordinators who will contact you within 48-72 hours to discuss opportunities.  Please call 2-1-1 to complete an intake Monday-Friday 8am-3pm.

 

 

Donations

 

Monetary donations are directed to the Oak Grove Chamber of Commerce Disaster Relief Fund

 

www.paypal.me/ogchamber

 

In-kind/goods donations:

 

Thank you for your generous support, at this time local resources are meeting the needs of the community. Please consider a monetary donation to support repairs and relief efforts.

 

If you have larger equipment to donate or offer use of, or pallets of supplies, please call 2-1-1 to complete an intake Monday- Friday 8am-3pm which will be shared with disaster relief agencies. Those agencies will contact you if supplies are needed.

 

If you have needs related to this event or in general, please call 2-1-1 for assistance 24 hours a day.

 

 

 

 General Home Fire Preparedness Tips from the Red Cross

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ARC Smoke Alarm Hotline: 816-841-5242, https://getasmokealarm.org/

Home Fire Escape Plan 

  • Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year with all family members
  • Make sure everyone can escape in 2 minutes or less

 

Have Working Smoke Alarms

  • Test alarms every month, if they're not working they can't get you out of the door
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarms every year unless it has a long-life battery
  • Replace smoke alarms every ten years

 

 Cook Safely

  •  Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame

 

 Fireplaces, Space Heaters, Baseboards, etc.

  • "3 feet from the heat" - furniture, curtains, dish towels, and anything that could catch fire should be at least 3 feet from any type of heat source

 

 

 

What resources might 2-1-1 connect me with during a disaster?

  • Missing persons tracking
  • Information on road conditions
  • Sheltering, meals and goods available
  • Health services
  • Debris clean-up and removal
  • Traveler’s aid
  • Displaced pet information
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Other resources that are related to the particular disaster

 

HOW YOU CAN BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES

 

Be Informed

  • Know what to do before, during and after an emergency.

 

Make a plan

  • Plan for your risks.
  • Plan to protect yourself and your family.
  • Tailor the plans for your individual needs.

 

Build a Kit

  • A basic disaster kit should include the following items:
  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid Kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to seal doors
  • and windows to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Cell phone with charger

 

Get Involved
Find opportunities to support community preparedness in your community
before an emergency:

  • Volunteer with a community organization.
  • Get trained in disaster response such as sheltering or first aid.
  • Donate to local or national relief organizations.