I won’t pontificate about the many reactions we are all having on a very personal level to the aftermath of Friday’s devestating storms that demolished the communities of Marysville and Henryville in our own regional community. But, here is how to help and where help can be found. Please know this is a long term clean up and recovery effort. It will change and evolve with the need and resources available to government, nonprofit and faith groups that are all mobilizing in various ways.
What everyone can do – spread the word for NO CLOTHES ARE NEEDED AT THIS TIME. Yes, everyone affected lost everything but this is not needed at this time.
If you need help, 2-1-1 is a single number you can call to get connected with the right resources.
Metro United Way/IndianaVOAD Volunteer Center
Location: 723 Spring Street in Jeffersonville IN
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Volunteers can register online at www.metrounitedway.org
Hotel Louisville is also providing rooms for volunteers for $25.00 a night and $1.00 for breakfast. Room is two double beds. It would be a 4 mile drive to the volunteer reception center.
U.S. Census Bureau
700 Patrol Rd
Jeffersonville IN 47130
(Still trying to confirm with officials at donation site what items are being received and hours of operation, etc.)
American Red Cross shelters are open in Kentucky and Indiana for those affected by this week’s storms. The following locations are now open. Indiana:
American Legion 209 S Main Street Salem, IN 47167
Charlestown High School 1 Pirate Place Charlestown, IN 47111
Chelsea Church of God 6231 S State Road 62 Lexington, IN 47138
Kentucky: Morgan Community Center 147 Victory Avenue Bedford, KY 40006
Laurel County Fire Department 911 TLC Lane London, KY 40741
Morgan Central Elementary School 3201 Hwy 460 West West Liberty, KY 41472
Shelters formerly located at the LIDE White Memorial Boys &Girls Club, 1551 M.S.H. Northgate Road, Madison, IN 47111 and Elliott County High School, Main Street, Sandy Hook, KY are closed.
Red Cross workers have been out in affected areas since yesterday providing food and water to affected residents and emergency workers. The shelters offer a safe place to stay, food, minor first aid and a shoulder to lean on. For updated information on Red Cross shelter openings, visit www.redcross.org and click “Find a Shelter” under “How to Get Help.” People can help those affected by disasters like the Midwest tornadoes and storms, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Consider making a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to someone’s local Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Contributions enable the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.