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Volunteers needed to assist tornado-stricken areas of Tennessee Valley

Limestone County tornado on April 28, 2014
Limestone County tornado on April 28, 2014
Chris and Destinee Lisauckis

April 28, 2014, was a day of damaging storms here in the Tennessee Valley. Tornadoes brought death, injury, and destruction to several local communities. In the aftermath of the storm, volunteers are needed to assist throughout the areas affected.

Several tornadoes tore a path through the communities of the Tennessee Valley on Monday, April 28, 2014. Hardest hit locally by these storms were the communities of Coxey in Limestone County and the Flintville community in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Both of these communities suffered EF-3 tornado damage during the storms.

Volunteers are needed in the aftermath of these storms. While some volunteers are needed to assist with cleanup and rebuilding efforts, many more are needed to work supply distribution centers, assist with cooking and serving food, and to help organize relief efforts.

Jason Simpson, chief meteorologist at WHNT-TV 19 in Huntsville, advises those wishing to volunteer, "Pray for the victims, donate to relief efforts, volunteer with clean-up or at distribution points. It’s worth your time, and if you don’t have time to spare, make sure your donations are going to a reputable service."

Chris Lisauckis, local storm chaser and recent UAH graduate with a degree in Atmospheric Science, agrees. "They need to find a church that is working with the relief efforts, and join up with their team."

Residents are encouraged to take time out to assist those who have had their lives turned upside down by the latest tornado event in the Tennessee Valley. We are all together in helping each other get back to normal when the winds of destruction roar through our area.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the first of two articles about the April 28, 2014, tornado event. More from the interviews with Jason Simpson and Chris Lisauckis will be published tomorrow in an article looking back at the events on April 28th.]

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