Looking across Harveyville after an EF-2 tornado destroyed about 60-percent of the community.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
United Way of the Plains announced that volunteers will be allowed into Harveyville, Kansas, tomorrow for cleanup work after last night's tornado.
Today, officials are not allowing volunteers on the scene. The day is being reserved for residents to survey their property damage and for a full damage assessment of the town to be made.
Beginning Thursday, Mar. 1, volunteers should follow the instructions below. For ongoing updates, go to www.unitedwayplains.org or call 211 (United Way's 24/7 information line)
Check in at Mission Valley School (12913 Mission Valley Rd, Eskridge, Kansas).
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.
Volunteers will complete liability release forms, receive wrist-bands, go through a safety briefing and be staged for transportation to Harveyville.
Organized groups with chainsaws or larger equipment will also need to report to the school each day for check-in. They will receive directions to drive into Harveyville for work assignments.
Remember to dress appropriately, including hats, gloves and close-toed shoes.
Food and water will be available for lunch.
United Way of the Plains' Volunteer Center is working with Kansas state officials to establish and begin coordination of volunteers in the cleanup efforts.
Regarding material donations, no clothing is needed. Companies or individuals with large equipment or construction materials should call 2-1-1 to register those items. If those items are needed, officials in the Emergency Operations Center in Harveyville will contact you.