On Monday, April 28, multiple tornadoes ripped through our state, leaving many paths of destruction. Members of our FFA and Ag Ed families and communities have been affected.
The worst hit was in Winston County, where there are three FFA Chapters in Louisville, Nanih Waiya and Noxapater. Two Ag teachers, one from Louisville FFA and one from Nanih Waiya FFA, both lost their homes and personal belongings to the tornado. Both are blessed, however, that their families were protected and safe, despite their material losses. FFA members from Nanih Waiya and Noxapater, and the Ag Teacher from Noxapater, had parked their vehicles at the Nanih Waiya teacher's house so they could travel together to the National Land Judging Competition in Oklahoma. Needless to say, they came back home immediately after the tornado struck and found their vehicles damaged, destroyed or gone.
In the town of Mantachie, which is in Northeast Mississippi near Tupelo, one of the Ag Teachers there survived the storm with his family, but his home was badly damaged from a falling tree during the tornado. Many of the Mantachie FFA members had property damage as well, but as all of the others, are praising God that they are alive and well.
As of today, May 1, victims are still trying to figure out what their next steps are going to be. Many FFA members affected are out in their communities working to help their neighbors and the National Guard and Local Law Enforcement are just beginning to allow people in to help. The biggest need at this point is money for the victims to get basic necessities and to put their lives back together. There was also storm damage in Rankin, Lee and Wayne Counties, and we are still gathering damage reports from our folks in those areas.
Thank you and may God bless you for the prayers, thoughts, and concerns throughout this time. The FFA family in Mississippi thanks you!