Emergency officials warn that entry into the disaster areas is restricted, only first responders and agencies already in the disaster plan will be allowed. Individuals wishing to help should do so through agencies such as the American Red Cross and others.
From Rita Schmitz, Lonoke County American Red Cross coordinator: a collection point for donations to the tornado areas is being established at Christ Church on Arkansas Highway 5, across from Greystone.
Immediate needs are tarps, heavy boxes, plastic tote-style large containers and water.
Monetary donations to support ARC relief work will also be taken.
Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at Cabot is accepting Walmart gift cards in $10 and $25 amounts to be distributed to tornado victims through Faulkner Baptist Assoication. Gift cards can be dropped off at the church, 163 Mt. Carmel Rd (the junction of Arkansas Highways 5 and 321).
The church will announce volunteer opportunities later.
The Russell Chapel Church of the Nazarene will take donations of tarps, bottled water, plastic storage hubs and heavy boxes. It is located a the corner of Arkansas Highway 89 South and Mahoney Road, south of Cabot. No clothes, please.
Donations like those at Russell Chapel can be dropped off at the Cabot Star-Herald office, 206 Plaza Blvd. Suite G.
At the Cabot Lady Panthers softball game against Bryant tonight, they are taking non-perishable donations for Vilonia, including water, flashlights, batteries, gloves, socks, underwear.