Senate Passes Resolution to Offer Condolences to Central Mississippi Tornado Victims

"The Senate stands with the people of Mississippi as they begin the healing process"

April 29, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution offered by U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to express the Senate’s condolences for all Mississippians impacted by the April 24 storms.

The resolution reads:

“Expressing the condolences of the Senate to those affected by the tragic events following the tornado that hit central Mississippi on April 24, 2010.

Whereas, on the afternoon of April 24, 2010, a tornado passed across the State of Mississippi, leaving a path of destruction 1 ½ miles wide;

Whereas 10 lives were tragically lost, and many other people were injured;

Whereas this tornado was classified as an EF-4 by the National Weather Service, with winds estimated at 170 miles per hour;

Whereas almost 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed;

Whereas thousands of residents across 18 counties have been displaced from their homes; and

Whereas, in response to the declaration by the President of a major disaster, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has made Federal disaster assistance available for the State of Mississippi to assist in local recovery efforts:  Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Senate –
Expresses its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in the terrible events of April 24, 2010;

Extends its wishes for a full recovery for all those who were injured;

Extends its thanks for the first responders, firefighters, law enforcement, and medical personnel who took quick action to provide aid and comfort to the victims;

Stands with the people of Mississippi as they begin the healing process following this terrible event.