Direct & Financial Assistance to victims of disaster
District 6880 Foundation is established as a 501 (c) (3) entity to serve as a repository of funds to support victims of disaster in the Rotary District 6880.
President and Mrs. Trump surveyed the tornado ravaged Lee County area today. He extended his sympathies to the victims' families and praised local officials for a quick and measured response to the disaster.
Senator Doug Jones toured the area yesterday. He explained that cameras do not do justice to the carnage. "It just takes your breath away".
Rotarians volunteering their time and strength to help load and store donated materials in Montgomery Alabama for use in the Lee County tornado recovery process.
PP Kristine Hill Opelika Mar 3
"Can’t even describe the scene at the hospital today. So much hurt, so much devastation. But I was so incredibly proud to stand next to nurses, physicians, directors, managers, kitchen staff, cleaners, and on and on...all of whom were taking care of our community and of each other. There were hugs and tears and sweat and skill poured into every person that walked in the doors of East Alabama Medical Center today. I saw amazing compassion and teamwork that reminds me just how blessed we are. Prayers for all those affected, and especially for our first responders, nurses and physicians who have worked tirelessly to save lives today."
Final Regularly Scheduled Emergency Rotary Relief Report
Recovery Phase has begun in Lee County as the disaster response moves to new stage.
Gov. Kay Ivey was the keynote speaker during her visit to the ravaged community but it was Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones who delivered the keynote message:
“We’re pretty satisfied with our search effort to this point,” Jones said. “This will open up the recovery phase.”
Here is the latest information regarding the Lee County Relief Effort.
1. Currently all receiving locations are at capacity to include water and clothing.
2. EMA officials have not cleared any crews to enter into the affected areas to start the clearing and rebuilding process. That approval is likely to be given tomorrow.
3. Confirmed dead stands at 23 as of 5pm. NWS has designated the tornado as an EF4. The Red Cross is reporting that blood supplies are now sufficient to meet anticipated need.
Gov Kay Ivey toured Lee County today. In the memory of those lost, flags were ordered at half-mast through March 10th. Governor and 30+year Rotarian Kay vows that the town will not be forgotten and with everyone's help, the community will rebuild.
As to "hands on " help and supply needs, this comment was made in response to an announcement that a warehouse was opening for supplies in Smith Station area.