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After several tornadoes last Friday left some homes in Southwest Missouri damaged or destroyed, one organization in Springfield is starting an outreach program to help those who have nothing left. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.
The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the American Red Cross has sent caseworkers out to several areas around Springfield to help people get the emergency assistance they need.
Red Cross officials say 54 homes in Southwest Missouri were completely destroyed and 57 homes have major damage.
Joann Moore is the public information officer for the local American Red Cross Ozarks Chapter.
She says the Red Cross provided temporary shelters for people over the weekend, but now volunteers are actually going out to help people at their homes.
“They have broken off into teams and have gone out to meet with individuals on a one on one basis, so we can meet with them and assess their basic emergency needs and open up case work and help them in the best way that we can,” Moore said.
She says this also helps the Red Cross refer people, who need food or clothing, to other organizations around Springfield that can help them.
Moore says it’s easier to help people at their homes because the tornado damage was so wide-spread across the area.
“Some of the volunteers have gone to the Fair Grove area. There’s people in Joplin, Golden City, Buffalo, Pomona and a little town called Smithville. All of these areas have had extensive damage,” Moore said.She says if anyone still needs assistance or emergency relief, they can call the American Red Cross at 1-866-206-0256.
For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.