Response Updates

Convoy Responding to Deadly Mississippi Tornadoes

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April 17, 2023 | 1:10 p.m.

Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 200,000 pounds of relief supplies to survivors of the tornadoes that tore through Mississippi in late March.

In affected communities, more than 10,000 survivors have received much-needed essential supplies. Items like food, water, cleaning products, baby care supplies, and more help relieve some of the burden survivors feel after a disaster.

When devastated people know they have food to eat and water to drink, they can rest a little easier and begin to rebuild their lives. Thank you for helping Convoy provide that relief.

April 10, 2023 | 12:50 p.m.

In late March, a destructive tornado and severe storm swept across Mississippi, causing mass damage and devastating several small towns. Convoy of Hope mobilized immediately to help affected communities.

Convoy has since distributed more than 133,000 pounds of products to individuals and families in need. Nearly 7,000 individuals have received essential relief supplies like food, water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and sheltering resources.

April 6, 2023 | 4:02 p.m.

Convoy of Hope has distributed essential resources — including food, water, cleaning supplies, and hygiene items — in Aberdeen and Amory, Mississippi. So far, Convoy has served more than 5,000 people in five communities throughout the state.

Chainsaw operations and debris removal have continued in several communities. In Amory, Convoy worked with the community to clean up the local high school in preparation for the building to reopen.

As the 2023 tornado season continues to spawn violent weather throughout the U.S., Convoy is committed to helping the survivors of these terrible storms. For more information on how to be prepared for different kinds of severe weather, visit Convoy’s Disaster Preparedness page for a free guide.

March 31, 2023 | 12:05 p.m.

It has been one week since tornadoes tore through several small towns in Mississippi. In some places, the destruction makes it look like the storms hit just yesterday. Homes, businesses, and buildings alike received massive damage from the severe storms. Hundreds of people are displaced from their homes and livelihoods.

Convoy of Hope has teams on the ground providing hope to survivors. Teams are working in neighborhoods, cleaning up debris in people’s yards. Convoy is running distributions with partners in Mississippi, making sure people have access to basic necessities like food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, and more.

Since distributions started earlier this week, more than 62,000 pounds of relief supplies have been distributed to help thousands of people in need. Convoy of Hope will continue giving help and hope to people who are in desperate situations.

March 30, 2023 | 10:30 a.m.

Convoy of Hope is working alongside local church partners to host drive-through and mobile distributions for individuals and families affected by the tornadoes that ripped through Mississippi last Friday. More than 250 families have received essential relief supplies since distributions began.

A Convoy of Hope volunteer distributes hygiene kits to those impacted by recent tornadoes in Mississippi.

When a family visits a Convoy of Hope distribution site, they receive basic necessities and more, which eases the burden of making sure their family has necessities to keep them healthy. These supplies can include hygiene kits, baby care items, bags of groceries, bottled water, cleaning supplies, and more. 

Cars line up in Amory, Mississippi, to receive relief supplies from Convoy of Hope.

Convoy of Hope provides items that will help families stay safe as they look toward rebuilding their lives. This week, Convoy will continue distributions, debris removal, and cleanup efforts.

March 29, 2023 | 1:57 p.m.

Amory, Mississippi, is a small town of about 7,000. The tornado that devastated parts of Mississippi last Friday ripped through Amory on its 100-mile path of destruction, leaving catastrophic damage in its wake.

Convoy of Hope partnered with a local church in the area to host a drive-thru distribution where affected individuals and families could receive essential relief supplies like food, water, cleaning supplies, and more.

The tornado caused mass damage across several small towns. Hundreds of homes, several businesses, and even schools were demolished — leaving entire towns displaced. Convoy of Hope is on the ground in the impact zone, distributing essential supplies and providing a sense of hope for devastated people.

In wake of the EF-4 tornado that ripped through Mississippi on Friday evening, Convoy of Hope sent teams and truckloads of relief supplies to serve the affected communities. Convoy teams held drive-through and mobile distributions Saturday, Sunday, and Monday in Amory and Silver City, Mississippi. Survivors received food, water, and relief supplies to offset some of the lack of access to essential resources. 

March 28, 2023 | 1:51 p.m.

Tracy Hardin, center, who with her husband Tim, left, own Chuck’s Dairy Bar, consoles a neighbor in Rolling Fork, Miss., Saturday, March 25, 2023. The couple and their six employees were hiding in the cooler when the tornado hit. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Convoy deployed additional team members with equipment and relief supplies on Monday. As debris removal begins, Convoy of Hope is offering relief in the form of vital supplies and tangible hope.

March 27, 2023 | 1:21 p.m.

As of Monday morning, more than 20,000 people were still out of power in Mississippi. The severe weather did not end Friday night. Near baseball-sized hail rained down on search and rescue teams as they continued digging through the rubble of destroyed homes and buildings on Sunday. The death toll has risen to 25 in Mississippi and one in Alabama.*

Emergency rescuers and first responders climb through a tornado-demolished mobile home park looking for bodies that might be buried in the piles of debris, insulation, and home furnishings, Saturday morning, March 25, 2023, in Rolling Fork, Miss. Emergency officials in Mississippi say several people have been killed by tornadoes that tore through the state on Friday night, destroying buildings and knocking out power as severe weather produced hail the size of golf balls moved through several southern states. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Convoy of Hope is continuing to distribute vital relief supplies in Mississippi. Team members are on the ground distributing aid, meeting with partners, and assessing the needs of affected communities.

*Search and rescue efforts are coming to a close as teams begin cleanup and debris removal. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) confirmed at least 21 casualties — a lower death toll than previously reported.

March 26, 2023 | 10:01 a.m.

The tornado that devastated Rolling Fork, Mississippi, on Friday night has been given an EF-4 rating, which means the top wind gusts were between 166 mph and 200 mph. 

Hundreds of people are displaced in Mississippi, as the tornado destroyed houses, cars, businesses, schools, and other infrastructure. The governor of Mississippi has declared a state of emergency. As of this morning, President Biden approved a disaster declaration in Mississippi. 

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has arrived in the impact zone with relief supplies. The team has already begun distributing essential resources and assessing the damage. Convoy is in consistent communication with partners in the area about the ongoing needs of affected communities. 

Today, the team will work with partners to do mobile distribution in neighborhoods within the impact zone. Convoy will also assist with cleanup efforts that are taking place throughout the area.

The need is great in Mississippi. Entire communities are devastated. Convoy of Hope is there to provide relief supplies, support, and hope amid grief.

March 25, 2023 | 8:57 a.m.

Friday night, tornadoes tore through Mississippi, leaving a 100-mile path of destruction. At least 23 people have been confirmed dead. Search and rescue operations are underway as people remain trapped in their homes. 

Mississippi tornadoes

As of Saturday morning, more than 110,000 people are without power. The tornadoes ripped through many small towns, damaging infrastructure and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without vital supplies, such as food, water, electricity, and shelter. 

Convoy of Hope is responding. Relief supplies will be en route this morning, with a team to assess the needs of the affected communities and begin distribution.

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