Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

March 6, 2012

VOAD accepting donations for storm victims

New volunteers being registered for future efforts

CROSSVILLE — An umbrella organization consisting of the service agencies in Cumberland County that respond to disasters that coordinates efforts so services are not duplicated met Friday to discuss action taken in the wake of the latest tornado that hit the Rinnie community last Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer Organizations Assisting in Disasters (VOAD) is made up of directors and leaders of Cumberland Good Samaritans, Cumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Cumberland County unit of Salvation Army and other volunteer groups.

The organization activates in times of emergency to ensure that the most in emergency services is available to disaster victims without agencies duplicating their efforts.

Attending Friday's meeting were representatives of the Cumberland County Baptist Association and First United Methodist Church.

For victims of the Rinnie tornado last week, an account has been established at Cumberland County Bank. Persons wishing to donate to that fund can do so by making checks out to VOAD Disaster Fund. Checks may be taken directly to the bank or dropped off at the Cumberland Good Samaritans, Red Cross or Salvation Army offices.

Donations of cash must be taken directly to the bank. One hundred percent of the funds will be directed to storm victims.

Several of the agencies were flooded with offers from volunteers wanting to help with the recovery efforts, and while their services and talents could not be used in this storm effort, now is the time to register for future disaster events.

The Red Cross and chapter is registering volunteers to match them with the agency that most fits their talents, and to arrange for training and certification for volunteer responders.

Persons interested in being a disaster responder can contact the Red Cross office (office entrance faces the library in the old First Baptist Church building off First St.) or the Salvation Office (on Lantana Rd. just past the Pigeon Ridge Rd. intersection).

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