Jackson, Miss. Deborah Bryant was on her way back to Jackson when she sought shelter in the Winston County courthouse April 28, as a deadly tornado approached Louisville.
Like everyone else at the courthouse, Bryant made it through the storm uninjured. But instead of resuming her journey to Jackson as soon as the weather cleared, the wife of Gov. Phil Bryant ended up helping coordinate the establishment of shelters in Louisville for displaced nursing home patients and other residents. Bryant made trips to the local Wal-Mart to buy bedding for displaced nursing home patients and helped set up cots.
Now, as lawmakers convene in Jackson Thursday to consider money for tornado relief, Bryant has already returned to Louisville to help with volunteer efforts, and is urging other Mississippians to pitch in.