Be cautious about ‘door-to-door’ repairmen in tornado-damaged areas PDF Print E-mail

Homeowners and businessmen who are approached by repairmen they don’t know, especially in tornado-damaged areas of Scott, Jefferson and Clark counties, are being cautioned by Indiana State Police.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:58
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‘One-Stop’ will help victims of recent tornadoes find help quickly PDF Print E-mail

Indiana state agencies are teaming up to help tornado disaster victims.
A One-Stop has been created on the campus of Ivy Tech in Sellersburg.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:56
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Cash donations and gift cards most needed to help those affected by March 2 tornadoes PDF Print E-mail

People wondering what they can do to help March 2 tornado victims, the answer is easy: Give money.
Nearly all organizations now assisting those affected by the devastating storms are asking those wishing to contribute to provide either cash or gift cards.
People can call the Scottsburg Relief Center, located at the Mid-America Science Park in Scottsburg, at 820-3472 to see what is still needed, but needs are changing from day to day, and storage has been an issue with the overwhelming amount of donations.
With donated money, tarps, ropes and hardware supplies can be purchased to cover roofs. Food is being purchased to feed out-of-county volunteers who are coming to Scottsburg before being dispersed to work areas and volunteers who are manning the center. Cash donations also help the Relief Center react quickly to specific needs that will help a victim or family.
People should call that number if they wish to volunteer at the Relief Center. These volunteers can be scheduled to work over the phone, and it’s better to do that than walk in and perhaps disrupt other workers. The need for volunteers also changes constantly. If you are not needed presently, you will be scheduled to work when needed.
For those who do visit the center, follow the signs to the rear of the Science Park on South Lake Road. Sign-up sheets for volunteers are available.
Hours at the Relief Center have changed. The center is now open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Those who would like to donate cash can send their contributions directly to: Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 901, Scottsburg, IN 47170. Contributions are tax deductible.
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People can call C.R.A.D.L.E. Pregnancy Resource Center in Scottsburg at 752-6898 if they have need of infant and baby care items. C.R.A.D.L.E. is located at the corner of South Hyland and Thomas Streets in Scottsburg.
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Displaced people can visit the Scott County Family YMCA to take showers. Hours are from 5 to 9 a.m. Monday to Thursday and from Friday to Sunday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. This service is free for tornado victims, regardless if they have YMCA memberships or not.
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If you would like your monetary contribution to “track” through the Community Foundation, send the donation to Scott County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 25, Scottsburg, IN 47170. This money will be used to help with long-term recovery efforts, which will be as important to storm-affected people as what is being done for them now. These donations are also tax-deductible.
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By dialing 2-1-1, people will be put in touch with a free resource that gives a list of agencies and organizations that can provide help. Persons can also learn how they can volunteer. United Way 2-1-1 serves Scott, Jackson, Jennings, Bartholomew, Brown and Decatur counties. 2-1-1 can be dialed free of charge from any landline or cell phone.
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Make sure the donations you are giving are going to a legitimate organization. While there could be legitimate sources performing door-to-door solicitations, more often than not money given to door-to-door collectors is often diverted into private pockets and does not go to the state cause. A comprehensive list of legitimate locations to make contributions can be found at this Indiana Department of Homeland Security website: http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/CashDonations/Default2.aspx?ST=INDIANA#.
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People may also call United Way Volunteer Service at 1-812-287-0519 or visit the agency in person at 723 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, to make a cash donation as an individual or as a group. An easier way is to visit http://www.metrounitedway.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=9 and click the appropriate tab to either volunteer or donate.
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The American Red Cross has been helping at stricken areas since March 2 and can use money for this cause. To make a donation or to volunteer, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit the office at 510 East Chestnut Street, DR384, Louisville, KY 40210. Or click this link: http://www.redcross.org/.
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Indiana Volunteers Active in Disasters (INVOAD) does not need any more volunteers at the present time, but individuals can call the agency at 1-502-599-8556 and leave their names and contact information. They’ll be placed on a list as future volunteer prospects.
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Adventist Community Services is at the old U.S. Census Bureau warehouse at 700 Patrol Road, Charlestown. Donors visiting there should follow the receiving signs to Gate 2. Donation management phone numbers are 1-812-287-0090 and 1-812-287-0026. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Greatest needs are: Money, non-perishable food items, paper products, gloves, heavy duty trash bags, personal hygiene items, baby items, cat food, dog food, kitty litter, yard tools, gas cards, packages of all sizes of new socks and underwear, tarps, laundry baskets and totes, towels and first aid supplies. They are not taking clothing or perishable/refrigerated foods. Household items and cleaning items will be needed in the near future.
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Goodwill of Southern Indiana is collecting items to benefit tornado victims. The public can donate at any of Goodwill’s 11 stores. In turn, Goodwill of Southern Indiana is providing vouchers to the Salvation Army and Red Cross equal to 100% of the value of donations received. In the first week of the campaign, Goodwill of Southern Indiana gave $11,000 in vouchers. Any organization having an overabundance of clothing can call 1-812-725-3384. Trucks can be scheduled to pick up items donated for tornado relief.  If a business or church needs space, Goodwill can accept these items and in turn give Salvation Army and Red Cross vouchers for the items picked up as well. Storm victims with these vouchers can visit any of the 11 Goodwill of Southern Indiana stores to receive any items they need for free.
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The easiest way to donate money is to dial 90999 on a cell phone and then text Red Cross. That will provide a $10 donation that will be billed to the caller’s phone. Or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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Staff of Adams Funeral Home in Henryville is collecting new backpacks for children impacted by the tornadoes. Some students not only lost their school but also their homes in the storms. To learn how to donate to this cause, call toll-free at 1-800-447-7988.
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Residents of Scott, Clark, Jefferson, Washington, Ripley and Warrick counties who sustained tornado-related losses can begin to apply for FEMA assistance by registering on-line at www.fema.gov/assistance or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Hearing and speech impaired individuals may call 1-800-462-7585. These toll-free numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
Affected residents can apply for temporary housing and home repair grants, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs that will help them and business owners recover.
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The One-Stop Store on the first floor of Ogle Hall at the Ivy Tech campus in Sellersburg is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to help tornado victims. One-Stop has representatives available there from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Insurance, FEMA and Family and Social Services Administration. Unemployment applications can be filed there, and people can also obtain help with children’s clothing, vaccination information and food stamps.  The Indiana Department of Child Services is giving away vouchers worth $300 per affected child for clothing purchases at stores that include Kohl’s and Burlington Coat Factory. The vouchers are good for 30 days and can be picked up at the One-Stop Store. The Ivy Tech campus is just west of the Sellersburg I-65 interchange.
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Free internet access, cell phones and cell phone charging stations are available in Henryville at Duracell Power on U.S. Highway 131 south of Ferguson Street; the Sprint-Nextel Cellular on Wheels station in the parking lot at 301 South Ferguson Street; and the Verizon Wireless Emergency Communication Center at Hill’s auto and Truck parking lot on State Road 106 west of U.S. 31.
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The Tide Loads of Hope truck is located at the Henryville United Methodist Church, 113 South Ferguson Street. People can do their laundry free of charge.
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The Arc of Indiana, a statewide advocacy groupfor people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is offering immediate referral services and assistance to families of loved ones with I/DD who have been affected by the tornadoes. Contact The Arc of Indiana at 1-317-224-0276.
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For crisis counseling, call 1-866-679-4631 toll-free.
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Affected farmers are urged to contact the USDA Farm Service Agency, which provides assistance for natural disaster losses. FSA staff can help farmers recovers losses of crops, trees, livestock, farmland and property. More information is
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For free livestock carcass disposal, the Standard Fertilizer Company can be contacted at 1-800-742-9761 or 1-812-663-8391.
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Donation distribution locations include the following:
Monroe Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, 315 South Ferguson St., Henryville.
Chelsea Church of God, 6231 South State Road 62, Lexington, 1-812-866-5927.
Chelsea General Store, 5975 South S.R. 62, Lexington, 1-812-866-3500.
New Washington Volunteer Fire Department, 23511 S.R. 62, New Washington, 1-812-293-3311.
St. Francis Catholic Church, corner of U.S. Highway 31 and State Road 160, Henryville.
Marysville Hardware, 10206 State Road 3, Marysville, 1-812-293-3777.
Charlestown High School, 1 Pirate Place, Charlestown, 1-812-256-3328.
Mid-America Science Park, 821 South Lake Road, Scottsburg, 1-812-752-9521.
Pekin United Methodist Church, 244 South Shorts Corner Road, 1-812-967-4682.
Daisy Hill United Methodist Church, 1-812-967-4558.
Southeast Country Lake Christian Retreat, 815 Country Lake Road, Underwood.
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For information on other ways to help, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website at www.fema.gov/rebuild/recover/howtohelp.
For the latest information, you can follow the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indiana-Department-of-Homeland-Security/221837910246. There is also a link where a list of legitimate locations to make donations can be found, thanks to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Visit http://www.aidmatrixnetwork.org/CasgDonations/Default2.aspx?ST=INDIANA#.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:57
 
‘Hats on to Henryville’ on Friday will help community’s tornado victims PDF Print E-mail

The effect of the events taking place on Friday, March 2, struck fear throughout the close-knit towns of Southern Indiana.
Tornadoes left many people without possessions and homes and, in some cases, family members.A short 15 miles north of the now-destroyed Henryville High School, Austin High School’s students decided to do their part in helping their neighboring school.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:59
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Needing help after tornadoes? Wanting to provide assistance? PDF Print E-mail

Southern Indiana residents who have lost homes and businesses are being helped by many in the aftermath of the March 2 tornadoes.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 11:46
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