Relief Effort Working Around the Clock

Relief Effort Working Around the Clock

by Brittany Shannon on September 17, 2010

The relief effort for the victims continue through the night..

For victim’s of the tornado, they had a safe haven at Crooksville High School which was transformed into a relief zone. ***Update***Shelter moved from High School to Crooksville Fire Department****Update

"We felt that it was safe to keep all the people here in the building after that the red cross had contacted me and we decided that we would use this as a spot," says Crooksville Principal, Kasey Coffey.

Five area law enforcement crews, six area fire departments and six EMS crews were there to provide care for victims.

"I’m going to tell you, in the last two hours we’ve had people from Zanesville we’ve had medical from Zanesville, medical personnel from Philo from everywhere. If you drove a 30 minute circle around here they’ve all been here and they’re all here right now," says Principal Coffey.

"Community coming together here at Crooksville High School with the relief. Everything that’s set up waiting for families to come in who have been displaced by this. I think we already have two families in here the night’s really young," says Marlene Henderson of the Red Cross.

Jane Cherry was at home when the tornado came through. She was seeking refuge at the high school. "I was sitting writing a letter. To the woman I was writing to, I said, ‘I think we’re going to have a tornado,’" says Cherry.  

Six to 10 families have been displaced so far. Families from the disaster area are welcomed into Crooksville High School as crews and personnel will continue to provide care to tornado victims.

The Somerset Fire Department is also providing a shelter.