Top and Bottom Right: Students from Beckville High School help clean up tornado damage in Antioch on Thursday. Bottom Left: the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief team works on County Road 109.

Panola County has established an emergency operations center to help coordinate disaster relief and response for those affected by the March 27 tornadoes, County Judge LeeAnn Jones said Friday.

The EOC will be based at the Panola County Expo Center and will be operated by East Texas-based Hand Up Network.

Residents who need help with trees, storm damage, etc. are asked to call the emergency contact line at (903) 263-3653 or email An assessment team will be sent to figure out what volunteer organizations and teams can do.

In addition, the county is asking all volunteers and volunteer organizations to go to the Expo Center for direction, as volunteer activities will be managed by Hand Up Network in coordination with the Panola County Emergency Manager.

Residents who are approached by a volunteer group and who have concerns should contact the EOC immediately, Jones said.

Those wishing to donate supplies are asked to contact the EOC to determine current needs. East Texas Residents interested in donating supplies may also do so at Hand Up Network at 200 N. Beckham, Tyler, TX 75702, (903) 597-5334 or

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