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3-6-12 Several States Tornado Disaster and Relief in Action
Help is on sites but more is needed
  Southern Illinois ACS DR Chain Saw Team working in Harrisburg, Ill.  
       On Friday, March 2, 2012, several tornadoes struck at different times during the day and on into the evening hours. In Tennessee several groups immediately went to work helping with chainsaw teams, distribution and other urgent help responses. The Samaritan Center, located in Ooltewah, Tenn., began mobile distribution with goods provided by Georgia-Cumberland Conference Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) warehouse and from Lowes, Home Depot and other corporate donors.

       Terry Haight, Georgia-Cumberland Conference ACS DR coordinator is coordinating the operation of a warehouse in Hamilton County, Tenn., northern edge of Chattanooga. Donated goods are being stored in churches and at a temporary command post, until a building for the warehouse is located.

       Here are other reports and activities in the affected areas:
  • •  Branson, Mo. – biggest need is volunteers for debris clean up – Contact Roy Weeden (c) (641) 583-533
  • •  Harrisburg, Ill. – ACS DR Chain Saw Teams have been removing trees. Robert Bradley is coordinating the operation of a warehouse and seeking help with experienced warehouse management volunteers. Please contact him at (618) 214-7548.
  • •  Jeffersonville, Ind. – Established a warehouse and is receiving goods. So far 6 semitrailers have already arrived, and most of it is sorted. Latter-day Saints (LDS) is helping with volunteers. Al Currier, Indiana Conference ACS DR coordinator, is seeking experienced warehouse volunteers such as: floor manager, sorting manager, shipping manager, office manager and volunteer managers. If anyone can help with leadership positions, please call Indiana Conference and ask for Julie Loucks – (317) 844-6201. Southern Baptists have a convention center nearby, and they are offering for volunteers to stay there.
  • •  Ohio and Kentucky are assessing the needs and considering either mobile distribution or warehouse operation.

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