BY STEPHEN JUDD
A severe tornado resulted in wide-spread devastation across Tupelo on Monday evening. The tornado was up to a mile wide and 10 miles high, and remained on the ground for some time. The city remains under a curfew today and many areas are restricted from access because of the dangerous circumstances with debris, gas leaks and downed trees and power lines.
We have been inundated with calls and messages asking about the Mansion, and so I wanted to get the word out that we are all safe and it appears at this time that the TCM campus was spared of any damage. It’s absolutely amazing that there was only one fatality in Tupelo, with the severity of this storm.
We do severe weather drills for our children and staff members and have recently installed six loud-sounding horns on our buildings for several different types of alerts. Everyone knows where to go in the event of an emergency. In this case, the children and staff were hunkered down in below-ground level areas for a number of hours as the slow-moving storm worked its way across our region.
I arrived yesterday in Guatemala with a team to help with an orphanage project; however, I am returning home today. Although everything is okay at the Mansion, our community has suffered great loss and is in great need at this time. I just want to be home.
Thanks again for all of your concern, phone calls, text messages, social media posts…and most of all for your prayers. #PrayForTupelo