The Collins Fire Department is sending our thoughts and prayers to the affected areas of our state by last nights devastating tornado outbreaks. Our area knows all too well the impacts of such events and just how much support those affected will need through both the processes of response and recovery.

We have began the process of reaching out to many of our contact’s in the heaviest of impacted areas to determine what supplies and resources they need and how we can best assist them through this time of need.

The Collins Fire Department will begin to collect/accept relief/support supply donations and drop-offs at Collins Fire Station #1, located at 200 S. First Street in downtown Collins beginning today, in preparation to transport and deliver the collected supplies to the affected areas later this week.

Please consider supporting and donating if you can.

Items needed that will be collected/accepted are listed here:

Food Items:

Non-perishable foods, water, sports drinks, canned goods, plastic utensils, paper plates, manual can-openers, plastic food containers, or zip-lock bags.

Baby Supplies:

Diapers/wipes, personal care, or formula,

Personal Care:

Toothbrush/toothpaste, comb, brush, deodorant, shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products, towels, or wash clothes.

Clothing items

New/Packaged Blankets & Pillows or New/Packaged Socks, Underwear, T-Shirts, etc.

Pet Food & Supplies

Household Items:

Plastic Storage Containers, storage totes, cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, dust pans, paper products, laundry detergent, hand cleaner, Clorox, dawn dish liquid, disinfectant wipes, or rubber gloves

Clean-up/Salvage Supplies:

Tarps, rakes, shovels, brooms, plastic totes w/lids, 5 gal buckets w/lids, heavy duty trash/lawn bags, trash cans, flashlights, spare batteries, or duct tape

Hand Tools

Hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, hand saws, or etc.

Safety glasses, rain ponchos, work gloves, blankets, First Aid Kits

Gas/Fuel Cans

Again, supply donations can begin being dropped off starting today at Station #1.

We ask that you all please continue to pray for all of those who have been affected; many of whom have lost loved ones and everything that they owned to these fierce and devastating storms. They are now facing the long process of recovery, and we will do all we can to support and lift them up throughout that process. Thank you in advance for considering to support in any way you can!


Chief John B. Pope, III

Fire Chief, City of Collins Fire Department

President, Mississippi Firefighter’s Association