United Way coordinates Hazelwood tornado relief

6:18 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KSDK) - The United Way is helping the city of Hazelwood coordinate tornado relief efforts.

Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said volunteers, service and religious groups have called the city to offer their help and assist in tornado clean-up.

Mayor Robinson said they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and the United Way will help free up some agencies that have been trying to help coordinate relief efforts.

Residents who are in need are asked to contact United Way's 211 Disaster Response program. The information hub will connect people with over 4,000 agencies providing more than 30,000 services across Missouri and southwest Illinois. It is a free, confidential services that is available around the clock.

"We are asking our residents who were affected by the tornado storm to call '211' to register their needs," Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said. "This information will be used to create a database so they can be matched up with local resources to meet their needs."

Individuals or groups of volunteers who want to help Hazelwood residents are encouraged to call 211 or go to www.211Helps.org to register and have their names entered in the database so they can be matched up with residents' needs.

Ameren has restored power to 80 percent of the city. The hardest hit area around Lynn Haven Lane and Howdershell is where most of the power outages remain.

The mayor said a few dozen people stayed at the shelter Thursday night because of the cold temperatures. The shelter is located at the Hazelwood Civic Center East at 8969 Dunn Road and can accommodate 100 people.

The Humane Society of Missouri at Civic Center East can board residents' pets for up to 10 days. Call the Humane Society for more information at 314-647-4400.

Some residents have still not been allowed to return to their homes, including those in the apartments at the Teson Garden Apartments where the wind tore roofs off buildings.

Some residents have still not been allowed to return to their homes, including those in the apartments at the Teson Garden Apartments where the wind tore roofs off buildings.

The Hazelwood Baptist Church, in coordination with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Association, is offering two sit-down dinners for Friday and Saturday night for free. The church is located at 6161 Howdershell Road in Hazelwood. Spaghetti will be served tonight with chicken planned for Saturday. Serving lines open at 5:30 p.m. Church officials intend to make this a place of refuge for anyone without power who needs a place to shower and relax. More information is available by calling 314-731-2244.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Association also has three tree-trimming crews and six disaster assessment teams available for residents who need these services. They will come and remove trees free of charge. Additionally, they have 84 blue tarps (25'x20') that can be placed on roofs to protect valuables inside the house. Contact MO Director Dwayne Carter at (573) 586-9929 for more information.

There have been no reports of looting since the tornado hit Wednesday night.  Missouri State Highway Patrol officers and local police have been helping patrol the area.

People who want more information can visit the city's website.  You can also sign up for emergency alerts on the site.

On Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. the Multi-agency Resource Center will be available to help those affected by the April 10 tornadoes. The group will meet at the Hazelwood Community Center, located at 1186 Teson Road, Hazelwood, Mo. 63042. Attendees will learn how to find resources, how to meet immediate and long-term needs, learn about debris removal, discuss storm-related insurance claims, help find legal services, and more.

Anyone affected by the storms on April 10 is welcome to attend. The session is free but a photo ID and a current utility bill (if one is available) with you address is required for verification purposes.

Some of the agencies that will attend include the American Red Cross - St. Louis Chapter, AmeriCorps St. Louis, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Long Term Recovery, and the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

For more information on the session, dial 211 from any phone or call 800-427-4626.


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