Shelby Community And Red Cross Provide Aid After Tornado

  • 4/15/2019 3:26:33 PM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

SHELBY, OH - Disaster has always had a part in galvanizing communities and Sunday's F-2 Tornado in Northern Richland County has had that effect on the City of Shelby and surrounding communities. 

Throughout the city and the rural areas immediately adjacent, volunteers could be seen cleaning debris, delivering food and water, and working to pick up the pieces and move on. Community members banded together through the Red Cross to help families who are struggling to put their lives back together.

A shelter was set up by the Red Cross at Shelby High School for those displaced by the storm. Thankfully, no one in town was forced to use the shelter, which has been moved to standby. Shelby YMCA allowed families access to their facility to shower and use the bathroom. Red Cross comfort kits are also being provided to those individuals.

An Emergency Response Vehicle was deployed by the Red Cross team to aid in the relief effort, helping individual families by providing resources and disaster assistance. 

Outside of the Red Cross, local churches have roused their congregations and volunteers to provide aid to those in need. First Presbyterian Church on N. Gamble Street in Shelby spent the day packing lunches to send out to police and fire as well as contractors working to clear debris in the retail district of Shelby, where the heaviest damage was sustained. One of those volunteers, Gavin Prosser, told WMFD Monday "We're trying to help where we can because we know there's just not enough people for as many houses have been affected by it and for as many people who have been affected by it."

In the rural communities outside of Shelby neighbors banded together to help clean up debris and put their lives and farms back together.

In addition to the response from community members and organizations inside Shelby, police and fire agencies from nearby municipalities also came together to help Shelby recover. Cities like Ontario, Mansfield, Galion, Hudson, and even as far as Hillsdale Michigan all spared units to help control the high damage zones and begin to recover. Police on scene told WMFD that tree services showed up on scene unprompted to help free of charge.

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