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Tornadoes Leave 19 Dead Across Southern US

A series of tornadoes tore through parts of the Deep South from January 21-22, 2017. At least 19 deaths are being blamed on 41 reported tornadoes in five southern states from Louisiana to South Carolina.

Per NBC News, the Governor declared a state of emergency for more than 15 counties in south central Georgia after storms left 12 dead and 23 injured. CNN reported that the Governor of Mississippi also declared a state of emergency following a Tornado that left four dead in Hattiesberg.

As of January 23, FEMA had not yet issued a disaster declaration for these storms, but the official FEMA Twitter account announced that it had “deployed liaison officers to AL, MS, GA, and FL to support response activities” with additional teams on alert.

For post crisis assistance in rebuilding housing and communities affected by the tornadoes, see the Housing Assistance Council’s report Picking Up the Pieces: Restoring Rural Housing and Communities After a Disaster.

State Disaster Recovery Resources

Housing Seniors, One Person at a Time

Housing Seniors, One Person at a Time

By Janice Clark
June 21, 2012

“How many people in the room consider their home a safe and affordable place to live?” I asked, and not one person raised a hand.

I was at the B. S. Ricks Memorial Library, in Yazoo City, Miss., conducting a focus group meeting with senior residents. Yazoo City (population 11,403) is strikingly rural, with dirt roads and a small commercial area. Working with Linda Smith, executive director of theEsther Stewart Buford (ESB) Foundation, we arranged to meet with 15 area seniors in December 2011. Among the seniors were two local aldermen and the former city mayor. The conversation focused on the condition of their homes and the services they would like to see in their community.

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