Sunday, January 2, 2011

Phelps County Missouri Disaster Relief

As a lot of you know, I am the Phelps County Emergency Management Director. We have recently been through quite a disaster with the tornados. My county lost two wonderful people due to the tornados. The county just south of us lost 2 lives as well.

We have many people with no homes due to the damage. Some of these families have no insurance and have to start their lives over from scratch. I got with the Rolla police department who has a wonderful organization called Behind the Badge. They are capable of taking financial donations. I've had a few people ask about helping.

We have one couple with a 10 year old son that lost everything. There is nothing left of their home. We also have the family of one of the people that lost their lives and they are having trouble paying for the funeral expenses. I have a feeling this list may grow.

This is the post I have copied from Chief Kearse's Rolla Police Department facebook page.

As many of you know a tornado touched down in Rolla/Phelps County on December 31, 2010 destroying many homes within our community. A family has been presented to Behind the Badge for immediate assistance due to total loss of their belongings and rental home. After getting the information on this family, we found that there were many others that needed help from this disaster. We have created a disaster relief fund through Behind the Badge with the assistance of Sandy North, Emergency Operations Director, Phelps County Sheriff Department and the Rolla Police Department. The money collected will help only those tornado victims for such things as food, shelter, and clothing. We will first start with this family and their young boy.

If you can give, please do, every little bit adds up. Donations can be dropped off at the Rolla Police Department this week. Please make checks payable to Behind the badge and note; disaster relief. Behind the Badge is a not for profit organization ran by the employees and spouses of the Rolla Police Department to help RPD employees in need as well as others in our community. As stated this money will only be used to assist families that are in need from the tornado. Thank you very much. Chief Kearse.

Donations can be mailed to:
Rolla Police Department
1007 N. Elm St., Rolla, MO 65401.
Please make it Attn: Disaster Relief Fund

The residents of Phelps County Missouri have been wonderful. They have been out there every day helping in the clean up effort. We have had tons of clothes donated for these families that have lost everything. Our emergency services were nothing short of awesome. We have gotten calls from as far away as North Carolina. Everyone has been great.

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