Areas Affected by the Tornado

UPDATE: Please go to the POV Newsletter & Updates page for current links and information.

The information in this article was current as of 3/6/2012. 

Regarding monetary donations, the Presbytery has set up an account to receive them. All checks need to be clearly labeled (either in the memo line or in accompanying documentation) for Tornado Relief and mailed to:

Presbytery of Ohio Valley
P.O. Box 1864
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1864

For those wishing to volunteer time and cleanup aid: We are still in the beginning stages of this recovery effort – so much yet to do – so many needs yet to assess. If you have not already, please send the Presbytery Office an email message detailing what assistance you are offering (supplies, timeframe, etc.) and your contact information. I am forwarding the offers of assistance I receive on to our Disaster Relief Coordinators. Because of the Herculean task before them, I cannot promise when they will be able to respond – but they will have this information.

The best contact for anyone with immediate plans to travel to the Clark County (Henryville) area is the local Red Cross – they are already set up to organize and direct volunteers. Below is contact information for the volunteer effort, as well as the most current list of supplies needed.

VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER, JEFFERSONVILLE, 9 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week
CAUTION – The Indiana State Police and Clark County Sheriff’s Dept do not allow anyone without credentials into the Henryville area.

Do NOT self-deploy to the area.

Official Volunteer Reception Center is operated by Metro United Way and is located at 723 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN. 47130. Hours: 9am-4pmET, 7 days a week. Location is just off exit 1 of I-65 in the former Bales Car Sales. To volunteer, come to center or call 812-287-0519 or 812-287-0523.

Volunteers must register, sign release and obtain safety training at the United Way Volunteer Reception Center. Because of current safety hazards, volunteers must be 18 years. May accept volunteers ages 16-17 with signed parental consent. Younger volunteers may be accepted after hazards are cleared. Work boots, heavy duty gloves & warm clothes are recommended. Homeowners asking for help from Volunteers should call 812-287-0521 or call 211.

SPECIFIC NEEDS – as of 3/5/12
Bottled water
Non-perishable food items
Paper products
Household cleaning items
Gloves – heavy duty, Nitrile, work
Heavy Duty trash bags
Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)
Cat food/dog food/kitty litter
SO IN DONATIONS WAREHOUSE is operated by Adventist Community Services, the disaster
warehousing expert. 700 Patrol Road, Charlestown, IN, which is in the old US Census Bureau warehouse. Follow the receiving signs to Gate 2. Official ACS signage is expected Monday.

Donations Management Phones – 812-287-0090 and 812-287-0026. Please note that voice mail is not activated or checked regularly yet. Be patient with warehouse phones.

Thank you all so very much!