“Great. This community has been great. They’re responding well. Volunteer groups from all over the city and all over the country have come in and helped us.” -Bo Hawkins, Chairman for Partners in Recovery Commission
After an EF-2 tornado ripped through the Meridian community and surrounding areas on April 13th, many people were left with damage, and some even lost everything. Relief efforts have been put in place, but there are still some issues to be resolved.
“This check will greatly benefit the city of meridian. It will be for those with unmet needs, the underinsured and the uninsured from the April storm. We will be getting $250,000 in $50,000 increments for building materials.” -Hawkins
MEMA has now donated the first of five installments of $50,000 to the city for building materials and looks forward to continuing their progress in relief efforts in helping the underinsured and the uninsured.
“Now that we have first installment of $50,000 that can be used for building materials to help build and re-build for these people, one of the things that we’re going to have to do with this money is seek out volunteers and those organizations that are willing to come and marry that labor up with those funds so that we can get people’s houses restored and rebuilt.” -Doug Stevens, Director of Dept. of Public Safety
“We’re very pleased with the progress. So far, several community organizations, the city, the county, and the town of Marion have come together to help with this cleanup. We hope to close this out sometime in the near future.” -Hawkins