Lincoln County Tornado victims begin to recover from the April 28 storms.
Many times – television and still photos capture only the foundation remaining and a single American flag flying in the breeze. But it is heartbreaking to drive through the neighborhoods and see people cleaning up the debris the storm left in its path. Along with emergency vehicles and clean up crews are American Red Cross volunteers along with churches and other community organizations dropping off truckloads of water, food, snacks, shovels, rakes, brooms and mops so the victims can begin to pick up the pieces and rebuild what was destroyed or damaged. Signs have been painted with the words, “Lincoln County Proud.” Today, a week after the cleanup began, media crews have left and moved on to other stories of the day but we should remember those who are still rebuilding, as the process will continue for months.
What can I do?
Many people see the images broadcast in media outlets and want to pack up their cars and head to help but it is important to receive training so that rather than intruding on the victims who are recovering both physically and emotionally that you are trained to assist them. The Red Cross offers courses that you can take from your computer as well as in classroom environments so when the next disaster strikes you can begin to help immediately. If time doesn’t allow – you can always make a financial contribution that pays for the recovery supplies mentioned above.
HOW TO HELP: Every year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters ranging from a home fire involving one family to larger disasters like hurricanes and wildfires that impact entire communities. If someone would like to help, they can make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.