Non-profit organizations gather at Andover Community Center to help those affected by Friday's tornado
Andover, Kan. (KAKE) – Residents affected by the tornado are also finding support by way of non-profit organizations at the Andover Community Center.
One of those organizations is the American Red Cross. The non-profit has its Emergency Response Vehicle out assisting with information as well as food and drinks.
KAKE News followed an Emergency Response Vehicle around in the Reflection Lake neighborhood as volunteers chatted with residents and passed out comfort care kits.
The organization says its critical to not only have a one-stop shop for information and resources to help tornado victims, but also an outlet to meet residents where they are.
"It allows them the opportunity of staying with their residence and staying with their possessions and continuing their work load in recovering their personal affects, doing what they can for their damaged homes etc. They don't have to pack up and come all the way to wherever those same items might be available which may be only a few blocks from where they are, but it could be half way across the county also," Richard Powell a volunteer with The American Red Cross said.
The American Red Cross says it has helped at least 150 homes so far.
The American Red Cross isn’t the only organization at the Andover Community Center. The United Way, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Lions Club are a few others who have set up shop at the center.
"...if they come to this facility, they will find an assortment of non-profit organizations that typically respond to situations like this that have a plethora of services or programs they can put them in or refer them to. You don't have to make a whole lot of phone calls or meet a whole lot of people, all you have to do is come in the door and we will take it from there," he said.
Powell says he expects the recovery center’s foot traffic to pick up in the next few days.
The Andover Community Center is located at 1008 E 13th St.