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New Tornado Recovery Center Opens in Southwestern Ohio

Story by Trish Tickle
Published 3/20/12

The Ohio and Allegheny West conferences have joined their Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS-DR) teams to open a donation warehouse in Batavia, Ohio. The Tri-County Tornado Recovery Center, which officially opened this past Monday, is a direct response to tornadoes that recently left devastation across Indiana, southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Local emergency management agency officials invited the ACS-DR teams to take over donation management after local efforts were swamped by donations. “We have never opened a warehouse this quickly,” reports Roy Nelson, Ohio ACS-DR state coordinator. “Within days after EMA officials asked for help, they had secured a wing of the Red Barn Market and equipment, like pallet jacks and tables, for our use.”

Even before the recovery center opened, three semi-trailers of goods where parked and ready to be unloaded. Kroger, the Cincinnati-based grocer, provided a trailer of new goods. The Boys and Girls Club of Cincinnati began collecting donations immediately after the tornado, as did the United Methodist congregations in the area. 

“We are getting lots of help from other denominations and organizations, and the state of Ohio is covering much of the operating cost,” says Monte Sahlin, Ohio ACS director. Center managers David Greutmann and Bill Randolph are busy coordinating volunteers.