Red Cross Dealing with Tornado Aftermath

by Emily Baird on September 22, 2010 at 5:04 am

The Muskingum Valley Red Cross has six open cases its dealing with as a result of last Thursday’s tornadoes, which is affecting 14 people.

Staff members say the event came as quite a shock.

"We’ve had very high winds before in September, and really, that’s what I thought we were gearing up for last Thursday, but usually actual tornadoes don’t happen in September. It’s almost unheard of. We always think of spring. That’s kind of that spring-storm-tornado season," says Marlene Henderson of the Muskingum Valley Red Cross.

Henderson says everyone pulled their resources together, and she feels the organization had a great response time to the situation.

"It’s always critical that we get there just as soon as we can to assess the situation, to set, and start whatever we need to help the families," says Henderson.

The Red Cross has served 300 meals, passed out 15 snacks, and divvied up 11 clean-up kits so far. Henderson says she believes the Red Cross has been in contact with all the affected families but will continue to be there for anyone else who needs its assistance at a later date.

The State of Ohio just announced that it will not be seeking aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency because the number of people not covered by insurance won’t meet the agency’s guidelines.

The National Weather Service indicates 8 tornadoes swept across the state last week, including two in Perry County.