Hand Up

Sam Smith, with the Hand Up Network, talks about tornado recovery efforts at the Carthage Rotary Club meeting on Thursday. Hand Up Network is coordinating tornado assistance and volunteer efforts.

The Panola County Commissioners' Court and the Hand Up Network have approved a memorandum of understanding for help during disasters.

Commissioners agreed Tuesday to join the agreement. Hand Up Network is a Tyler-based nonprofit that has recently been manning the county's emergency operations center and coordinating disaster relief from the March 27 tornadoes.

"It's kind of a memorandum of understanding, no money involved, just that when we have a disaster and need their help, they have a lot of resources that we didn't have," Judge LeeAnn Jones said. "They called in different people they knew with things; they were a wealth of help and information, and I think it would be a good agreement to have."

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