Almost immediately after storms ripped through Clermont County March 2, local organizations, churches and individuals began providing help for storm victims.
“During these times there is an outpour of support,” Commissioner Bob Proud said during a press conference March 3.
Emergency shelters were opened quickly in both New Richmond and Bethel for residents who were displaced by the March 2 storm.
In the following days, county officials along with the Red Cross began to organize donation centers, where people can take supplies and donations to help those in need, and pick-up centers where residents can retrieve supplies.
By March 6, several centers had been set up, including a donation center at the Clermont County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall in Owensville that has already delivered 20 truckloads of supplies to Felicity, Moscow, and New Richmond.
The basement of River of Life Assembly of God Church is one of the locations set up for residents to pick up supplies, and the basement is packed full of items ranging from shampoo to granola bars.
“We’re within walking distance,” Jerry Dickens, a paramedic with the Red Cross, said about the disaster relief center at the church. “That is a big thing here. Some folks have lost their transportation.”
Supplies available at the church include canned food, blankets and pillows, cleaning supplies, flashlights, toiletries and more.
Dickens said the need for the supplies was pretty big in the days following the storm.
Several trailers were also set up on Wells Street in the village of Moscow March 5 to provide services to residents in the village.
Representatives from Clermont Department of Job and Family Services, Clermont Building Department, the Red Cross, the Mental Health and Recovery Board and other agencies were available to speak with those affected by the storms.
Lori Brown, of Clermont Department of Job and Family Services, said they are trying to help people obtain the items they need including important documents that were lost because of the destruction.
The county also provided someone to connect residents with volunteers who could help assist in removing trees or other debris from their property.
“It means a lot right now,” James Tull Jr., a Moscow resident, said the support from the community. “Especially getting building supplies and food.”
Tull said the tornado destroyed most of the back side of his residence, a place he said was a dream place for him and his step-daughter.
“We’re just trying to rebuild,” he said. “And hopefully the town can get through this.”
Donation and assistance sites for tornado victims include:
Park National Bank: Accepting donations for victims of the Clermont County tornado and sever storms. Checks, money orders and cash can be dropped off or mailed to the Union Township branch, 4550 Eastgate Boulevard, Cincinnati OH 45245.
United Methodist Church in Felicity: Accepting donations of non-perishable food, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items (no clothing). Those affected by the storms can contact the church to obtain items they may need and the church will also be able to assist victims in obtaining housing vouchers and prescription medications. Call Pastor Jane Beatty at (513) 720-4375. The church is located at 421 W. Walnut Street in Felicity.
Clermont County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall: Accepting donations from 4 – 8 p.m. and delivering items to Felicity, Moscow and New Richmond. The fairgrounds are located at 1000 Locust Street in Owensville.
The New Richmond Boys and Girls Club: Will be giving items for those impacted by the tornado and storms from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. March 5-9 and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. March 10-11. The club is located at 213 Union Street in New Richmond. Call (513) 553-1948 for more information.
River of Life Assembly of God Church: distributing disaster relief supplies in the village of Moscow including canned food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies and more. Crisis support also available. The church is located at 1793 US 52 in Moscow.
Washington Township Hall: Beginning March 7 at 11 a.m. the Red Cross will have a family assistance center where representatives will be on hand to assist residents with housing or other needs. Located at 2238 SR 756.
In addition, Clermont County residents can contact the Red Cross hotline at (513) 579-3024 if they have an immediate need for housing as a result of the storms.
For more information about support opportunities in the community visit www.clermontcountyohio.gov.