Salvation Army and iHeartRadio are asking for your help in supporting the Hattiesburg/Petal area recovery efforts! Right now they are in need of financial donations to turn into gift cards.

Visit or 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)


For those interested in volunteering, donating, or getting involved in someway with the recovery efforts, here are some places you can get plugged in.

·         The following are drop-off locations to donate in-kind goods to the tornado survivors:

208 S. Main St., Petal
Keg and Barrel, 1311 Hardy Street (kitchen side)
SoPro Tap Room, 301 Mobile Street
Hattiesburg Calvary Baptist Church, 3139 Oak Grove Rd, Hattiesburg
Southern Miss Athletics, 118 College Drive
United Way of Southeast Mississippi, 210 W Front Street (clothes only)
Forrest General Emergency Department Triage, 6051 US 49, Hattiesburg (clothes only)
Hillcrest Hall, USM Campus, 6263 US Highway 49 (also need tablets, computers, twin sheets)
Buffalo Wild Wings - 3 Churchill Street, Hattiesburg
Smoothie King - 3705 Hardy Street, #30, Hattiesburg
Hillcrest Hall at USM (donations will go to William Carey Students)
The Spectrum Center, 210 S. 25th Ave., Hattiesburg
Purvis Public Library 122 Shelby Speights Dr. Purvis, MS 39475
Kuntry Kidz Youth Foundation is sponsoring a school uniform and supply drive. Drop off times are from 9-4PM Monday-Friday at:
R3SM - 301 Buschman Street, Hattiesburg

Grace Temple Church - 1131 Richburg Rd., Hattiesburg


Reed's Metals is heartbroken for all those who were affected by the recent storms. We want to help! Please drop off your donated items to our Brookhaven, MS store at 19 E Lincoln Rd NE--and we'll continue delivering to the Hattiesburg/Petal area. We would love to have so many donations that it would take several trips for us. Please bring your donations as soon as possible!


Items needed:
Water, non-perishable goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, baby supplies, etc.

More info at 800-581-4645.


Disaster Relief Items Needed

 Food Items:

·         Non-perishable

·         Manual Can-openers

·         Plastic Food Containers

·         Zip-lock Baggies


Baby Supplies:

·         Diapers/wipes

·         Personal Care

·         Formula


Personal Care:

·         Toothbrush/Toothpaste

·         Comb/Brush

·         Deodorant/Shampoo/Soap

·         Feminine Products

·         Towels



·         Bottled Water

·         Gatorade

·         Pet Food & Supplies

·         Clothing

·         Phone Chargers


Household Items:

·         Cleaning Supplies - Pinesol, Lysol, Trash Bags, Buckets,

·         Mops/Brooms/Dust Pans

·         Paper Products

·         Laundry Detergent

·         Clorox

·         Hand Cleaner

·         Dawn Dish Liquid

·         Disinfectant Wipes

·         Rubber Gloves


Shelter Supplies:

·         Tarps

·         Rakes/ Shovels/Brooms

·         Plastic Totes W/Lids

·         5 Gal Buckets W/Lids

·         Trash Cans

·         Flashlights/Batteries

·         Duct Tape

·         Hand Tools - Hammer/ Pliers/ Screwdrivers/Saws

·         Rain Ponchos

·         Work Gloves

·         Blankets

·         Generators

·         First Aid Kits


Drop- Off Locations:

·         208 S. Main St., Petal

·         Keg and Barrel, 1311 Hardy Street (kitchen side)

·         SoPro Tap Room, 301 Mobile Street

·         Hattiesburg Calvary Baptist Church, 3139 Oak Grove Rd, Hattiesburg

·         Southern Miss Athletics, 118 College Drive)

·         United Way of Southeast Mississippi, 210 W Front Street (clothes only)

·         Forrest General Emergency Department Department Triage, 6051 US 49, Hattiesburg (clothes only)

·         Buffalo Wild Wings will be a dropping point for anyone that wants to help support the survivors of the tornado. We will be collecting items from 9am-10pm daily. Anyone that drops off items , we will have free wing cards for you.

·         Smoothie King on Hardy Street

·         Hillcrest Hall at USM, 6263 US Highway 49 (donations will go to William Carey Students)

·         The Spectrum Center, 210 S. 25th Ave., hattiesburg. “We are collecting donations of clothing, food items, pet care items, baby items, cleaning supplies, etc. We will also provide resources af far as we are able to those in need. They can stop by the center and pick up what we have available at that time. They can also contact us through our Facebook page with a list of specific items needed, and we will to our best to fulfill those needs.

·         Purvis Public Library 122 Shelby Speights Dr. Purvis, MS 39475

·         Kuntry Kidz Youth Foundation is sponsoring a school uniform and supply drive for Petal and Hattiesburg tornado victims. Drop off times are from 9-4PM Monday-Friday at R3SM, Grace Temple Church, and Exclusive Looks Barber Shop.

·         Center for Families and Children, 201 West Central Avenue, Petal, MS 39465 (school uniforms and supplies, 601-584-4704

·         Trinity Episcopal Church, 509 West Pine Street, Hattiesburg, MS 39401 - Walmart or VISA Gift Cards


Central Sunbelt Federal Credit Union will be accepting  donations such as any personal items and non-perishable food items.  In particular: (toiletries, blankets, hand sanitizer, sun-screen, bleach wipes,  ponchos, heavy-duty trash bags)

Visit our website for locations and hours 

1506 Congress Street, Laurel, MS 39440

734 Sawmill Road, Laurel, MS 39440

112 South Westover Dr, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

1857 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402

1417 Aston Avenue, McComb MS 39648

345 Central Road, Waynesboro, MS 39367



1859 Evelyn Gandy Parkway, Suite 10, Hattiesburg, MS 39401


MEMA expects to open Disaster Recovery Centers in Hattiesburg, Petal, Lamar Co and Perry Co on Friday or Saturday.  Storm victims can go ahead and register at  or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.

MEMA stresses that storm victims need to also apply for assistance from the non-profit organizations because the FEMA grant program will cover a maximum of only $33,300.    For the FEMA grants, people will need to have the following information handy:

-- address of the property

-- description of damage

-- mailing address

-- insurance info (if any)

-- phone number where they can be reached

-- social security number

-- mortgage info if any

--bank account info (for direct deposit of check)



Volunteer Recovery Centers (VRCs) are open in Hattiesburg at East Jerusalem Baptist on Tipton Street and in Petal the Upper Elementary on Hillcrest. ANYONE who wishes to volunteer in ANY capacity should register here first to keep the volunteer efforts controlled and concentrated where most needed. Also- anyone working in debris-strewn areas, take personal precautions! Wear protective clothing- and get a tetanus booster just in case.


Vardaman Honda is a collection point for tornado relief supplies for Christian Services, INC. Donations can be brought to our location at 802 Broadway Drive, Hattiesburg, Call 601.582.8261 with any questions.


Donors from all across the US have given to Extra Table. Thanks to everyone who is giving what they can to feed folks in the Pine Belt who truly don't know where their next meal will come from. You can keep making donations at


Reed's Metals in Brookhaven is collecting Water, non-perishable goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, baby supplies, etc. for disaster assistance. Please drop off your donated items at our Brookhaven, store at 19 E Lincoln Rd NE--and we'll continue delivering to the Hattiesburg/Petal area. More info at 800-581-4645.


Buffalo Wild Wings is sending out meals into community of Hattiesburg and Petal. We are also taking any items for tornado survivors at the Hattiesburg location. We are giving away wing cards for anyone that drops off donations. Items most seeker are water, Gatorade, plastic storage containers, blankets, and hygienic supplies. 

Help with disaster recovery by donating food, clothing and time- contact The Red Cross on Hardy Street in Hattiesburg, United Way downtown, Christian Services, the Salvation Army and Volunteer Hattiesburg on Facebook.


Monday 1/23- 12 p.m. update: Mississippi Power has restored electric service to 95 percent of customers impacted by Pine Belt tornado



24/7 Media Line (228) 861-5543

Mississippi Power transmission and distribution crews, along with contract crews from four neighboring states, worked safely into the night Sunday as restoration efforts continue following Saturday’s devastating tornado in the Pine Belt.

Since our last update, electric service has been restored to nearly 95 percent of customers who can receive it. The company will continue working to restore service to the remaining customers impacted by the storm by midnight Monday.

The outage peak was approximately 11,000 customers after the tornado damaged areas of south Hattiesburg and Petal early Saturday morning.



Petal Family YMCA 

1/23/17 update:

If You Are Still Without Power And In Need Of A Hot Shower, All Are Welcomed To Use Our Facilities. We Will Be Open Until 9Pm Tonight. Membership Not Required.


Center For Families And Children

Donations Needed Immediately: Pues Is Being Relocated To Petal Harvey Baptist Church. We Are In Immediate Need Of Power Strips And Pencil Sharpeners. We Will Collect These At The Cffc And Distribute To Pues Teachers And Administrators.

School Uniforms Or Cash For Those Can Be Taken To Center For Families And Children On Central Ave. Also Accepting Baby Formula, Diapers And Small Toddler Clothing.


Petal- Samaritans Purse Is At Carterville Baptist For Hot Meals, And Clean Up Crew Coordination


Ms. Baptist 18 Wheeler At First Bc For Relief Crews And There Is Free Ice At Petal Harvey.


South Main Is Still Closed From East Hardy To 10Th Ave In Petal.


Gandy Parkway- Hwy 42 From The Walmart Intersection To Phs Is One Lane Traffic.



Video provided by Kaleb Hill, a Petal resident. Photo business info:







Pine Belt Disaster Community Fund for Long-Term Recovery Needs
On the morning of January 21, 2017, severe weather swept across the Pine Belt area spawning tornadoes that killed four people and injured many more.   Extensive damage
Photo by WDAM
has been reported to many homes and businesses, including William Carey University.   Mayor Johnny DuPree has signed an emergency declaration for Hattiesburg due to significant injuries and structural damages.  
"Several years ago the Foundation opened thePine Belt Community Disaster Fund to help disaster victims in times of need like this," said Theresa Erickson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. "The Disaster Fund is a long-term recovery fund designed to provide financial relief for those who lost homes and property."
The PineBelt Community Foundation will partner with R3SM, Restore Recover and Rebuild Southeast MS, who will work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to provide case workers and case investigators to help those in who will have long-term recovery needs. Any monies raised will help victims in the Pine Belt area with long-term recovery needs.
In addition, our area is very blessed to have several organizations that assist with immediate needs like the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and, of course, many of our churches.   If you want to help with immediate needs or volunteer, please contact the Red Cross at 601.582.8151 or go to the Red Cross office at 2020 Hardy Street.  Starting tomorrow volunteers can go to the Ben McNair Center at 300 N. 12th Ave. After a disaster, the Red Cross provides safe shelter, food, emergency relief supplies, emotional support and health services to people in need. The emergency shelter is located at the Hattiesburg Multipurpose Building located at 942 Sullivan Road. 
 "This destructive tornado left people with damaged roofs, blown out windows, uninhabitable homes and other life-altering circumstances," added Erickson. "We all need to come together to help our neighbors."
The PineBelt Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 that was established in 1997. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
For more information about
The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation please visit
or call 601.583.6180.
Write a check to: 
The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation 
1507 Hardy Street, Suite 208, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
(please put in the memo line: "Disaster Fund")

Donations can also be made directly through the website: Again, indicate "disaster fund" in the message line.   
 From the American Red Cross
An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected this weekend across portions of the South. Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are likely through Sunday. There's also the threat of flash flooding from heavy rain.
What to Do During a Tornado: 
  • The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  • If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  • Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
  • Do not seek shelter in a hallway or bathroom of a mobile home.
  • If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.
  • Go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter immediately, using your seat belt if driving.
  • Do not wait until you see the tornado.
  • If you are caught outdoors, seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
  • Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible. If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
What to Do After a Tornado
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
  • Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings - do NOT use candles.
  • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
  • Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
  • Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
  • Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.
 Emergency App
  • The Red Cross strongly urges people to download the free Emergency App.
  • Family members and friends across the country can help each other stay safe and connected through the app's customizable emergency alerts and content on what to do before, during and after disasters - regardless of where they live.
  • The app provides expert advice on what to do in case of a tornado, hurricane, earthquake, flood, thunderstorm, wildfire, winter storm and other disasters.
  • People can use the "Make a Plan" feature to create an emergency plan for their household so everyone knows what to do and where to go if a disaster strikes.
  • The Emergency App is available for free in app stores for smartphones and tablets and can also be found by searching for American Red Cross or by going to