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Early weather warning can save lives and keep you safe

We have sought out Lee County residents, who escaped serious injury on March 3rd, to see if we can enhance their weather preparedness. Having a plan and alerting them, with enough time to be safe before severe weather strikes.

Mayor Bubba Copeland and Commissioner Robert Ham both helped us organize 15 residents of Smiths Station and 15 residents at or near ground zero in Beauregard to bring us in that space that had too many residents left with only minutes to seek shelter or were lost without communication. Now our residents have a plan, and we were able to help out with weather preparedness.

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Business of the Month – Red Chandelier Boutique

Business of the Month – Red Chandelier Boutique

Find the latest trends and styles in clothing at the recently opened Red Chandelier Boutique, the City of Smiths Station’s Business of the Month.

Opened April 13 by Smiths Station native Christy Blythe, the boutique is slowly but surely building a loyal clientele.

Combining her passion for boutique shopping and years of experience as a librarian at East Smiths Station Elementary, Blythe said she is now living out her life dream in owning and operating her own business.

“Smiths Station really needed a cool place like this, and when he started building his storage business (Storage Station) with some retail spaces here, it seemed like the right time to do it. Plus, pairing my love of clothes shopping with my skills of helping people find what they need, it was the perfect opportunity for me,” Blythe said.

Located in the central portion of the store is the boutique’s namesake, helping facilitate an atmosphere and shopping experience that leaves customers feeling “beautiful and gorgeous,” according to Blythe.

“We have trendy, stylish things that a high school or college-age girl could wear to school or a special function. But then it spans all the way to the working woman because I have pieces that aren’t just crop tops … they have sleeves and they appropriate for where they work,” Blythe said. “I’ve been a boutique shopper for a long, long time so I already had a vision for what items I believed should be in the store. I don’t stock anything in the store that I wouldn’t wear myself … and with our overhead being lower, I can offer more affordable pieces for people.”

A joint grand-opening celebration with representatives from the City of Smiths Station is slated for later this month.

Blythe added that she recently launched online shopping for her website, www.shoptheredchandelierboutique.com.

Red Chandelier’s current hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 334-408-4884 or like and follow the boutique’s social media pages. The business is located at 110 Lee Road 562 Suite B.

Charity MEND established to assist Lee County residents

MEND was established to assist with the long-term needs of all Lee County residents affected by the March 3rd disaster. Please contact them at 334-528-6363; www.eamc.org/mend

“Recovery is not only about the restoration of structures, systems and services – although they are critical. A successful recovery is also about individuals and families being able to rebound from their losses, and sustain their physical, social and economic well-being.”

-National Disaster Recovery Framework

FEMA Disaster Assistance

Lee County residents affected by the March 3rd tornado may visit a Mobile Registration Intake Center to register for disaster assistance.

Centers are open Monday-Sunday from 7am-7pm CST.

Disaster Survivor Assistance teams at these centers can help you:
Register for disaster assistance, update your records and information with FEMA, and make referrals to local, state, and voluntary agency partners.

During this process, specialists will ask for some personal information including:
Social security number, annual income and bank information, and names of occupants of the impacted property.

Locations for the Mobile Centers can be found by clicking here.

 **ALL RESIDENTS NEEDING ASSISTANCE MUST REGISTER WITH FEMA BY CALLING 1-800-621-FEMA.**Additional information can be found by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov , visiting the Lee County EMA site or by clicking this link.

Veteran Financial Assistance

Attention veterans if you and your family resided in the disaster areas created by the tornado you may be eligible for financial assistance.

Please contact Mr. Eugene Benfore at 334-663-1520

Proof of residency and military affiliation is required.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center location

Those in our area affected by the disaster can apply for assistance by going to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center located at Smiths Station Fire & Rescue, Station One, 50 Lee Road 430.

Important Volunteer and Contractor Information

All volunteers must register at the Volunteer Resource Center located at Smiths Station Baptist Church. This includes contractors whether paid or unpaid. Paid contractors also require state and municipal business licenses.

Do not allow a paid contractor on your property to provide repairs or clean up if they are not wearing an armband and displaying a permit from the City of Smiths Station.

During this initial phase of disaster relief, we are doing everything we possibly can to keep the potential scammers away.

This prevention method is proving very successful so far and we have received very few reports of those attempting to take advantage of property owners. Continue to stay aware and if you have any suspicions whatsoever, please call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department or City Hall.