Alexander County Emergency Management Director Russell Greene is asking that anyone who had damage to their home or business during the tornado last week to contact his office. The assessment process is ongoing, Greene says “over 150 structures sustained damage” as result of the storm. The Office of Emergency Management phone number is 828-632-1160. Greene also released the following information:
From now through November 30, 2017, NC 2-1-1 call centers will register those impacted by recent storms for debris removal and home cleanup after the recent tornado, high wind and flooding events. NC 2-1-1 will connect survivors through Crisis Clean-Up to reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in chainsaw work, debris cleanup, roof tarping, and flood cleanout, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.
“North Carolina VOAD is committed to working with reputable, vetted relief organizations that have come to help,” said Ann Huffman, President, North Carolina VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). “Survivors should dial 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162 to register for this help.”
“Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire departments are there for emergencies, but they don’t have the time or resources to clean out homes. This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies working in the area,” said Larry Marks, North Carolina VOAD Secretary.
“We are offering this service through November 30, 2017 to help facilitate cleanup by various aid agencies standing by to assist those affected by the storms,” says Aaron Titus, Executive Director of Crisis Cleanup. “NC 2-1-1 will notify multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of VOAD. Response times will vary so we ask residents their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.”
NC 2-1-1 is provided by United Way of North Carolina with the support of local United Ways throughout the State. The information and referral service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and provides free, confidential, and multilingual help to citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. In addition to registering for storm clean-up, callers can ask for assistance with referrals for other needs such as food, clothing, healthcare, and other basic needs. The database of resources is also available at www.nc211.org.