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2:24 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

How to Help & Get Help after the storm

The following information on how to seek and provide assistance in the aftermath of the March 2  storm has been compiled from various websites:

The Northern Kentucky University Student Government Association, Office of Student Life and Scripps Howard for Civic Engagement are collaborating to provide the university community with opportunities to help tornado victims in our region.  Click here for more information.

United Way:  To give help or get help, dial 211. The line covers the entire region and operates 24 hours a day.

American Red Cross:  To help, visit www.cincinnatiredcross.org or call 513-579-3024.  You can also make a $10.00 donation to the Red Cross. Text Redcross (one word) to 90999 and it will be billed to your cellphone bill next month.

Supplies have been delivered to Crittenden Baptist Church, 215 Russell Road, Crittenden. The shelter at Grant County High School closed.

Matthew 25 Ministries:  The ministry is standing by to help with disaster relief. You can donate money or supplies.  To designate your financial gifts for tornado relief write “Tornado Relief” in the memo line of your check or type it in the “in honor of” field of the online giving form.  Matthew 25 Ministries is open for product donations and volunteers Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.. The greatest disaster relief needs at this time include:

• Cash donations
• First aid supplies
• Personal care products
• Cleaning supplies
• Non-perishable food
• Blankets
Website: www.m25m.org

Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services:  The department will take calls for assistance starting at 8 a.m. today . Phone numbers are 513-732-7858 or 513-732-7111.

New Richmond Boys and Girls Club:  The club is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for storm victims to get clothes and other items. The club is at 213 Union St., New Richmond. Information: 513-553-1948.

Piner Baptist Church, 15044 Madison Pike, Morning View, KY 41063 859-356-3222.  They have supplies, a warm place, food, water, boxes, tarps.  The Red Cross is there to help too. 

Clothing Distribution Center:  Nicholson Christian Church, 1970 Walton-Nicholson Pike, Independence, KY  41051, 859-356-7770.

Follow this Coordination of help for the NKY Victims of 3/2/12 Tornado on facebook

Kenton County Animal Shelter:  Help the tornado victims by providing for their misplaced pets. The Kenton County Animal shelter is taking care of the pets until they can be reunited. They need pet items. dry and soft dog food, toys, etc. They have two birds and several dogs.

They have several animals that lost their homes in Southern Kenton County. They are waiting at the shelter to be reunited with their owners. If you would like to donate any pet items the shelter will be open Monday 10-5. You can ship items to: Lifeline Ministries, 4115 Dixie Hwy. Elsmere, KY 41018

The Bank of Kentucky has set up an account called the Piner Disaster Relief Fund. Any of The BOK branches are accepting donations.

Additional drop off locations:

Sprint Store – Independence, 2081 Centennial Blvd., Independence, KY 41051, Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, No clothing please

Granite World, 123 W. 14th St, Covington, They will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Jack’s Glass,  6 Park Ave. Elsmere, KY

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 11969 Taylor Mill Road, Independence, KY 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rosedale Manor will also be a drop off site for any of the needed items – clothing, supplies, personal items, etc. It will also be serving meals to the family’s who do not have electricity all week. Lunch: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Hebron Kroger: A Girl Scout Troop will be accepting donations of non-perishable items 3-6 p.m. Sunday.

First Baptist Church in Walton is going to be a hub for disaster relief donations for the Northern Kentucky Baptist Association. If you have anything available to donate, stop by the church. The church will be open 7 a.m. to o7 p.m. Sunday and all this week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will continue to receive donations as long as they come in. They are located at 47 South Main, Walton, 41094.

Hampton Inn, Wilder, KY: They are doing laundry and need volunteers to help fold and sort the clothes. Stop by if you have a couple hours to spare. They are located right off the Wilder exit from 275.

Oakland United Methodist: 7867 Stonehouse Road, Melbourne, KY will be collecting bottled water and snack type foods for the families and workers there. You can drop your items off Sunday from 2-4 p.m. and Monday from 5-7 p.m.

The Durr Branch Library, Independence, KY will be a collection site for cleaning products, etc for the tornado sufferers (no clothes).

Florence Antique Mall 8145 Connector Dr. Florence, KY 41042 will be available as a “drop spot” for those wishing to donate items.we will deliver all items to those affected by the tornadoes..hours 11=6 daily.  Phone 859 250-9092.

List of needed items: Plywood, Roofing Nails, Tarps, Over the counter medicine, Duct tape/tape guns, Tarps and large sheets of plastic, Water, Non-perishable food, Undergarments, Clean, gently used blankets and towels, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Health and Beauty Items, Cleaning Supplies: Paper towels, paper plates, plastic utensils.

Mentor Baptist Church in southern Campbell County is accepting donations and making distributions all week. NO clothes, please. You can call 859-635-7300 for information or if you know someone in the area that needs assistance.

Bluegrass Community Foundation is starting a fund to help communities rebuild what has been lost in Eastern and Central Kentucky. www.bgcf.org

Park National Bank is now accepting donations for Clermont County tornado victims. Checks, money orders and cash can be dropped off an any Park National Bank location, or they can be mailed to Union Township branch of the bank at 4550 Eastgate Boulevard, Cincinnati, OH 45245.

Community Savings Bank in Bethel has opened a Bethel Tornado Relief Fund for monetary donations. The bank is located at 503 West Plane Street in Bethel, 45106.

Calvary Baptist Church in Moscow is accepting donations and distributing items. The church is located on SR 756.  Items needed include toiletries, cleaning supplies, baby items, non-perishable foods and bottled water but NO Clothing. Donations and distributions  will take place from 9 am through 7 am daily. For more information call 502-4986.

River of Life Assembly of God Church at 1793 US Route 52 in Moscow is accepting donations and distributing items   from 9 am till 5 pm daily, till 9 pm on Wednesday, March 7, from 10 am till 5 pm on Saturday, March 10, and after church services on Sunday.  Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, toothbrushes and other toiletries are needed. No clothing, please. For more information call 553-6721.

United Methodist Church at 421 W. Walnut Street in Felicity, Ohio will accept non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products but no clothing.  The church will assist victims in getting housing vouchers and prescription medicines.  For more information, call 720-4375.

The Campbell County Fiscal Court is making dumpsters available in four locations.  The county is asking that the dumpsters be used only by people whose property was damaged in the storms. The dumpster locations are: the intersection of Fardo and 154, 13586 Fisher Road, Wesley Chapel and Route 10 (near church) and at the end of Reis Ridge Road.

The Clermont  County Veterans Service Office at 76  S.Riverside Drive in Batavia is offering assistance to Clermont County vets who have been affected by last week's storms. The office may be able to provide emergency funds, transportation or other services. The phone number for the office is 732-7363. The website is www.ClermontCountyVeterans.com

A hotline has been set up for tornado victims and for volunteers to get the latest information on services, volunteering opportunities and item donations. The hotline is operating every day from 8 am till 5 pm. The number is 735-8521.

The Community Savings Bank in Bethel has opened a Tornado Relief Fund to accept monetary donations. The bank is located at 503 West Plane Street, Bethel 45106.

The New Richmond Schools are having a fundraiser to help families in Moscow and neighboring communities. It'll be held Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 at New Richmond High School, located at 1131 Bethel New Richmond Road.

Health Services company Optum is offering free emotional-help support. The company's toll-free  hotline is open 24/7. The number to call is 866-342-6892.

For other updates regarding the storm and how you can help clean up, visit http://cincinnati.com/blogs/kentoncountyconnects/tag/independence

The Clermont County Public Library is accepting donations for recent Clermont County tornado and storm victims at all 10 branch locations through Saturday, March 24, 2012.  Items needed include non-perishable food, paper products, pet food, toiletries, baby supplies and non-chemical cleaning supplies (gloves, trash bags, brooms, etc).  Items not being accepted at the library are money or gift cards, clothing, cleaning supplies containing chemicals, and refrigerated food.

Park National Bank is accepting donations for victims of the tornado and severe storms. Checks, money orders, and cash can be dropped off at any Park National Bank location Community Savings Bank (CSB) in Bethel has opened a checking account (Bethel Tornado Relief Fund 2012) to accept monetary donations, and  Riverhills Bank is also accepting donations on behalf of recent Clermont County storm victims.  They have several branches in Clermont County.

 

Clermont County Library Customers affected by the recent storms that have lost library items, or those unable to renew materials should contact the following staff members:  Sue Riggs, 735-7190, riggssu@opin.orgor Lynn Baird, 735-7155, bairdly@oplin.org.

Flour Creek Christian Church in Butler ,is accepting donations for Pendleton County storm victims, but  they don't need any more clothing. Items the do need are plastic storage containers, heavy duty trash bags, men’s, women’s, and children’s underwear and socks. Also personal items like soap, shampoo, as well as first aid items.

Clermont County: A lost and found website has been set up in Clermont county by a volunteer to help owners find their pets that were lost during the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky March 2, 2012 tornado.  If you have lost or found a pet, email quarterwoods@gmail.com.

A Pet Food Point of Distribution Center for tornado victims with pets is being set up.  Starting Wednesday, March 14, it will be located at Circle Storage 1833 East Ohio Pike, Unit #127 in Amelia, Ohio.  The truck, with donations from IAMS pet food,  is expected to be unloaded by 1 pm. Volunteers will hand out the pet food until 7 pm. Plans call for continuing the cat and dog food distribution from 11 am till 7 pm through Friday, March 16.  Operating hours will be 1 pm till 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.   

On Wednesday, March 14 bottled water, canned food, cereal, cleaning supplies, coolers and food storage containers will be available at two locations:

The Boys and  Girls Clubs of Clermont County on 213 Union Street in New Richmond, Ohio-starting at 8:00 am.

Plum Creek Christian Church 13455 Alexandria Pike in Butler, Kentucky-starting at noon.

Feed the Children and Kentucky Speedway are sponsoring this distribution.

NKU students are pitching in to help tornado victims in the area. Donor bins have been placed in the Student Union for personal hygiene products and non-perishable foods. Also, a table is being set up in the Student Union Mondays through Fridays from 11 am till 2 pm through March 23. Donations of goods and/or money will be accepted. The donations will be turned over to non-profit agencies working in the tornado stricken areas.

Today, March 14, a group of NKU organizations is hosting a volunteer fair, with students going to selected sites to provide service teams to stricken areas.

FEMA is warning tornado victims to be on the lookout for scam artists. The agency says its personnel do not solicit or accept money. They only verify damage.  FEMA says you should always ask for official identification before discussing  your personal information with anyone.  If you suspect anyone of engaging in fraud, you should call the  Disaster Fraud Hotline. The number is 800-323-8603.