Officials planning long term tornado recovery

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

People in Johnson County are still working hard to get back to normal after the tornadoes hit earlier this month.

"The past three weeks we worked as a group and tried to take care of the people the best we could," said Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure.

Officials met Tuesday to see how they can continue to help with long term efforts.

"There's still probably going to be some kind of an unmet need that's financial," said Mary Anna Speller, Chairman of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

The meeting focused on setting up a committee to focus on the needs of people that were not met by FEMA or other organizations.

"Perhaps they have enough money to do everything except get cabinets in the kitchen, or to get a stove or a refrigerator, and so that last piece is important," said Speller.

Officials say the goal is to have the committee in place within the next few weeks so that those affected will still have someone to turn to after FEMA is gone.

"Hopefully we can get this committee in place to pick up the ball and keep trying to help our neighbors that were affected," said McClure.

The committee will be able to assist with basic necessities like food and rebuilding and also with emotional support.

"Finding counseling or a listening ear, whatever that person needs to help get over that trauma," said Speller.

Officials will have another meeting within a couple weeks to continue the planning.

Magoffin County officials will also have a long term recovery committee meeting tomorrow.

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