Gov. Haley Barbour declared a State of Emergency on Wednesday for Lafayette County after severe storms ripped through the area, destroying homes, businesses and claiming the life of an Oxford man. Organizations have mobilized to the affected areas, offering food, clothing and comfort. (April 28, 2011, Page 1)
People throughout Lafayette County and surrounding areas spent a hectic 24 hours or so dealing with storms, tornadoes and the threat of them, and will now begin dealing with the aftermath and helping those who suffered major damage. Editor Don Whitten takes a look back at Tuesday night and Wednesday, and hopes for a long spell without any more days like them. (April 28, 2011, Page 4)
Another storm front will be covering most of the Mid-South today through Wednesday and is expected to produce severe thunderstorms that include large hail — like last week’s storm, complete with high winds and possible tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
Lafayette County is under a flash flood watch, flood warning and tornado watch until midnight, unless canceled or continued, through Wednesday by the NWS. (April 26, 2011, Page 1)
Gov. Haley Barbour has declared this week as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado test warning on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radios at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Schools, government agencies and businesses are encouraged to participate in the drill. (February 22, 2011, Page 1)
If the sound of a tornado drill immediately gets your blood pumping, you might be a good candidate for the upcoming Basic Storm Spotter Class, presented by meteorologists with the National Weather Service.
The class, free of charge, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Central Station. No registration is required. (September 10, 2010, Page 2A)
Thanks to grants being offered by Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, finding a safe place away from tornadoes will be much easier for those who take advantage of a program that reimburses residents up to $4,000 to help build a safe storm shelter on their property. (July 26, 2010, Page 1)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is on hand throughout the week at the Oxford Home Depot to offer suggestions on how to keep homes safe when severe weather strikes. (June 3, 2010, Page 1)
After being open for two days, 18 storm victims have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Recovery Center in Abbeville, according to FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis. About 13 have also registered for emergency relief services online, Bafalis said. Federal and state programs have been made available for those who have registered. (May 20, 2010, Page 1)
With President Barack Obama’s federal disaster declaration for several north Mississippi counties on Friday, disaster assistance is now available for those who suffered damages or losses due to the severe weather and tornado outbreak on May 2 that left six dead, including an Abbeville woman. (May 17, 2010, Page 1A)
President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster declaration for Lafayette County and five other northern Mississippi counties hit by severe weather earlier this month that killed six people, including an Abbeville woman.
A Disaster Recovery Center will be open at 8 a.m., Monday at Abbeville Baptist Church for residents to register for federal assistance.
“They need to come by and register and then they can find out what type of assistance they may be eligible for,” said Lafayette County Emergency Management Coordinator David Shaw.
Gov. Haley Barbour said Friday the declaration gives residents access to federal government assistance programs in Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. (May 14, 2010)