On March 2, 91 tornadoes touched down in our region. Storm damage extends across southern Ohio, including Highland, Adams, Pike, Lawrence, and Athens Counties. Damage assessments are underway today. 90 homes were destroyed in Moscow in Clermont County, with fatalities. First responders are conducting search and rescue and starting debris removal. The American Red Cross has one shelter open for 100 people. The Diocese of Southern Ohio Disaster Response is coordinating response and initiating plans for recovery.
Monetary donations are needed to assist families who may not receive government assistance. You can send a contribution to Lutheran Social Services, earmarked Diocese of Southern Ohio Disaster Response, c/o Mary Woodward, Diocese of Southern Ohio Disaster Coordinator, 810 Main St., Caldwell, Ohio 43724
If your church is able to collect donations tomorrow, please do so. School supplies are needed for elementary and high school students – we are collecting 100 kits. Volunteers are needed to deliver donated material goods, school kits, clean-up kits, and other items as needs are identified. Volunteers for debris removal will be needed as soon as first responders complete their work. Pastoral needs are being assessed. If you are able to help, contact Mary Woodward by cell phone 740-509-1132 or email asap: firstname.lastname@example.org