Red Cross Aids Tornado Victims
ROLLA - The American Red Cross spent Saturday delivering and serving food to the people affected by the tornado that tore through Phelps and Pulaski Counties Friday morning. The Red Cross based out of Jefferson City set up a shelter at the First Assemly of God on North Oak and is open for those affected to find a warm place to stay and eat.
The Red Cross set up camp at the First Assembly of God just 45 minuets after the first tornado struck. The Red Cross interviewed people affected to determine what they needed, including food, clothing, and places to stay. On a need basis the Red Cross gives families a debit card loaded with cash for two weeks to buy necessary food and clothing. Regional CEO Beth Bauer said right now the average card has about $800 on it. As of 3 p.m. Saturday the Red Cross had delivered 173 meals and spent over $10,000 on relief efforts.
One Rolla resident discovered her home was destroyed after a phone call. Ashley Schnedler's mom called her to let her know of the destruction. Schnedler said she is thankful her family wasn't there when it happened. "I was just thinking that I was glad I wasn't home, that I was some where else safe because the way it was sitting it looks bad. Can't get in. Can't get out of it," said Schnedler.
Schnedler is staying with a long-time friend who has plenty of experience rebuilding after a disaster. "I know how it is to go through tornadoes. I went through them. I know what it's like," said Garlan Weyane.
The Red Cross said it will stay in the area as long as it is needed to help provide shelter, food, clothing, and assistance. The Red Cross said the organization's most important need now is money. If you would like to donate, you can call the American Red Cross in Jefferson City at 573-635-1132, or visit its website http://www.redcrosscapitalarea.org/. The Red Cross said all donations will stay local.