Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday Updates on Disaster Relief Information

RECENT POSTS and/or UPDATES

Samaritan's Purse is in need of volunteers. To volunteer come to Louisville Coliseum/Samaritan's Purse tent today.

A telephone number has been established for the Winston County Emergency Operations Center – 405-403-3193. Hrs of operation are 8 am til 5pm.

The Boil Water Notice has been lifted for the Jordan Circle area

Despite recent rain, the County wide burn ban is still in effect.

  Red Cross Mobile feeding will end after the evening meal Sunday May 11, 2014


The Louisville Coliseum will be open on Sunday, May 11 from 8 am til 10 am only.

Winston County Landfill open 7 days/week from 7am til 5pm until further notice.

Community Counseling is offering free crisis counseling services for anyone in need. Located on West Main St. or call 1-888-943-3022.

A household hazardous waste collection site will be available on May 7 -10 on Pontotoc St. (old armory building) - Closes at 5 pm on Saturday.

Storm debris blocking culverts could result in flooding in affected areas - Please use caution

With so many Mississippians displaced from the storms, the Secretary of State’s office will now travel to any eligible voter who needs a Mississippi Voter ID card. If you or someone you know needs a Mississippi Voter ID card, please contact our office at 1-844-MSVoter.

People whose vehicles were destroyed in storm should bring their tags to the Tax Assessor's Office for pro-rated tag credit.

If your mobile home was destroyed in the recent tornado - please contact the Winston County Tax Assessor.

The Louisville Animal Shelter still has a large number of displaced animals from the storm affected areas. Please come by and identify and acknowledge your ownership. The shelter will maintain your animals as long as they can but they need to know who they belong to. The shelter does not need any more dog food at this time.

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, May 11 recognizing the victims of the April 28 tornado. Governor Phil Bryant is expected to attend as our community recovers from this tragic natural disaster.
The service is to be held at 4:30 pm at the Louisville High School football field as the weather permits. The school auditorium is available in the case of rain. 

Repeated information

MEDICAL INFO All components of Winston County’s new hospital have arrived and is in the process of construction. I don’t have a time frame on completion but we will keep you updated. The UMC mobile hospital has moved to the south parking lot of the Teeters Bldg (Spartus). There are flashing signs at major intersection directing individuals to the hospital location.  911 is operational.

Dr. Ard is operating out of the Noxapater Clinic for the forseeable future. Louisville Medical Associates have established 2 clinics in Louisville. The Clinic at 404 W. Main is open and operational (Old Pearson Dental Clinic) and the 2nd clinic is located at 547 East Main (Dr. Crawford's old clinic).

Community Counseling is offering free crisis counseling services for anyone in need. They are located on West Main St. or call 1-888-943-3022.

Storm victims and volunteers for Winston County may now receive a free tetanus vaccine at the Winston County Health Department. A nurse will be available to give these shots from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The phone number is 662-773-8087 for more information.

LAND FILL The Land Fill will be open from this point forward from 7:00 am til 5:00 pm - 7 days per week. This includes Sundays. Standard fees are in place. It does not accept hazardous waste. Waste pickup in the affected areas of the City of Louisville will be twice a week rather than once a week until further notice.

Please separate your debris into categories as indicated in a previous article on Winston Web (scroll thru our list of info) 1.Green debris (trees and foilage) 2. Construction debris 3. White debris(appliances and most metals) 4. household hazardous material. A more detailed breakdown can be seen on our site at: http://www.winwebnews.com/2014/05/debris-separation-important-in-cleanup.html

A household hazardous waste collection site will be available on May 7 -10 on Pontotoc St. (old armory building) – Flyers with detailed information are posted around town and can also be seen on our website at: http://www.winwebnews.com/2014/05/household-hazardous-waste-collection.html


LAW ENFORCEMENT There is still a 9:00 pm til 6:00 am curfew in the County and in the City in the storm affected areas. Other areas are not a problem but if you don't live in the affected areas and they are not part of your drive home - stay away!! These areas are heavily patrolled and you will be questioned.

A Burn Ban is STILL IN EFFECT. Rumors have circulated that the ban has been lifted- THIS IS NOT TRUE. Always verify with local media or officials. Fire trucks have had to be dispatched on Saturday. With the amount of debris and the current winds and dying foilage- this is a dangerous situation!!

If you are searching for someone you haven't seen or need to report a missing person - call -662-803-9991.


DEBRIS AND CLEANUP Property owners who have begun debris cleanup - please be careful in the placement of your debris piles - do not place directly in the path of powerlines to be replaced. This will only slow the process of restoring power to your property and others. Also EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – do not pile debris over fire hydrants or gas meters, water cutoff valves, etc. The results could be tragic.

If you must dig on your property - Call 811 prior to doing so in order not to damage any underground lines (water, Cable, Etc.)

Safety First!! Workers near roads should wear safety vests, - all should wear long pants, hard sole shoes, gloves and hats and safety goggles if available. Take plenty of breaks and hydrate!!

Be certain to put food waste (Cleaning out fridges and freezers) in carts. If you lost your solid waste cart in the storm- call city hall and they will arrange for a replacement.

If you suspect a scam from a contractor or offer for cleanup - contact City Hall or the Ms Attorney General's Office at 601-359-3808.




VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS: IT is CRUCIAL that volunteers sign in at the Louisville Coliseum. We understand that everyone wants to help and sometimes a specific neighbor or friend, but signing in and providing work information allows local officials to document volunteer work hours which can lead to major compensation to the City and County from FEMA. 

Donations and volunteers are still needed at the Louisville Coliseum. There are other centers set up at Center Ridge and Noxapater and Mars Hill Fire Department. Use the following #'s if you have questions:  call center at 662-803-5295 or 662-803-5288.

If you need assistance, visit any of the above locations.

OTHER INFO:
Do not rely on other sources such as personal social media or unofficial Facebook sites. While well meaning, information provided here is often inaccurate. Follow us here on Winston WebNews, WLSM 107.1 radio or the Winston County Journal's social media accounts. While info is often changing and we do occasionally make mistakes- these are the best sources for information. If in doubt, contact the proper department of local government or use the call center at 662-803-5295 or 662-803-5288.


FEMA: Fema is in town - and operational - located at 826 S. Church in Louisville (old Georgia Pacific Office). The FEMA# to file a claim is
1-800-621-3362. You may also file online at:
Use the region code # 4175DR when referencing your claim. You will be given a claim # - Very important to not lose this - write it down and keep in a safe place  and memorize it..

TO SAVE TIME ON SITE _- CALL OR APPLY ONLINE FIRST TO GET YOUR IA #

 Farm Services will have programs for Livestock Indemnity payments, emergency farm loans, and other assistance programs - info on this will be posted on Winston Web shortly.

You can donate to the Winston Relief fund by mail thru Renasant Bank and now online through the website http://www.winstonstrong.com  Links to the site can be found on our homepage, and the home pages of the City of Louisville and Winston County websites. If your company or organization would like the graphic for the link, just email us at admin@winstonwebnews.com  Full info is available in a previous article on our site.