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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • S.T.O.R.M. outlines tornado response to date

  • HARRISBURG - During last Thursday's city council meeting Charlie Will gave an update on the activities of Harrisburg S.T.O.R.M. since the Feb. 29 tornado that had been prepared by Jerry King, coordinator of the volunteer initiative.
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  • During last Thursday's city council meeting Charlie Will gave an update on the activities of Harrisburg S.T.O.R.M. since the Feb. 29 tornado that had been prepared by Jerry King, coordinator of the volunteer initiative.
    As of Sept. 18, the volunteers with the group had accomplished the following:
    Prepared and delivered 40,000 meals to tornado survivors and volunteers.
    Housed 1,500 out-of-town and out-of-state volunteers who assisted in debris removal and housing rehabs.
    Expended approximately 70,000 volunteer hours of work.
    Contacted 500 families by certified disaster relief counselors for needs assessments.
    Rehabilitated 15 homes using volunteers.
    Replaced 100 rooms of furniture.
    Replaced five mobile homes.
    Referred 50 homes for government rehab and/or rebuild eligibility to W.A.D.I., Crosswalk and the city's housing grant administrator.
    Disbursed four semi-truck loads of clothing.
    Distributed eight semi-truck loads of canned goods and cleaning supplies.
    Although the S.T.O.R.M. group only helps coordinates spending it doesn't receive contributions. The city, area churches and organizations and business received thousands of dollars to defray costs and to provide direct aid to victims of the tornado.
    King noted that although "debris removal and housing rehabs are slowing down, the need for household items, furniture, medical and counseling assistance" as well as landscaping, will increase.
    "Our volunteer group, more than 100 strong and predominately members of the Harrisburg Ministerial Alliance, will continue to reach out to those in need and will continue to identify and secure funding to help the citizens of our community," King said.
     
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