BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - An effort is underway to recruit volunteers after a tornado killed at least 10 people and destroyed dozens of homes in Mississippi.
The devastating tornado prompted Governor Haley Barbour to issue a state of emergency for 17 counties on Saturday. Fatalities were reported in Choctaw, Yazoo, and Holmes counties. The names of the dead have not been released, but officials say two were children.
On Sunday, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency announced its partnership with the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service to coordinate emergency relief efforts in Yazoo City. Together, they've set up the Volunteer Reception Center which will oversee volunteers and national service members. The volunteers are needed to assist in the removal of fallen trees, destroyed homes, as well as the clearing of other debris.
Anyone wanting to help can register at www.volunteermississippi.org or by calling 888-353-1793. Registered volunteers will be contacted as additional assistance is needed.
The State Department of Health is advising people cleaning up in storm-damaged areas to wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes to prevent cuts and scratches from debris. Also, anyone who has not had a tetanus booster within the last 10 years should receive one.
State officials advise interested volunteers to call their local health department for vaccine availability. Individuals who sustain lacerations, puncture wounds or any other serious wound are advised to seek medical attention.
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