One Week Later: Tornado Recovery Efforts Continue in Southern Illinois

Last Wednesday morning my hometown Harrisburg, Illinois was hit by a deadly F4 Tornado.

 

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While the initial chaos and shock factor of the tornado has begun to fade a bit, the long road ahead to rebuild is certainly becoming more clear to everyone as each day passes.

I had the opportunity to spend time there last week to check on my Grandmother whose home was damaged by the powerful storm. Thankfully she was not hurt.  I was proud work beside friends, family and neighbors who worked tirelessly through the weekend to get the town to a more habitable condition. I would like to personally thank the police officers and medical professionals who helped to keep the town safe and secure.

The town in still in official “emergency response” mode and expects cleanup to continue over the next few weeks. But I have received several requests from people who wanted to aid in the relief efforts. Many of the items I noticed that the community is in need of thus far, are as follows:

  • Children & Adult clothes various sizes
  • Cases of Bottled water
  • Blankets & Pillows
  • Canned & Packaged Food or Dry Goods; Bread
  • Personal Hygiene Items (bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper)
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes
  • First aid Kits & Supplies
  • Buckets, Trash Cans, Bags, Rakes and Mops
  • Long Extension Cords
  • Toys, Car Seats, etc.
  • Tarps

Monetary donations are being accepted at: 

The former Mad Pricer Grocery Store / 701 North Commercial in the Arrowhead Shopping Center in Harrisburg.

Monetary donations are being accepted at the following places: 

Salvation Army / 10 West Poplar Street / Harrisburg, IL / Attn: Nicole Stricklin, Manager / 618-253-4421

American Red Cross / 665 N. Airport Road, Suite 112 / Murphysboro, IL / 800-272-2984 / http://www.RedCross.org


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