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Clark County

March 3, 2013

Recovery organization making big difference

March2Recovery organizer says goals are within reach; nonprofit expects to close at year’s end

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — One of the most involved organizations providing services to survivors of the tornado that ravaged parts of Southern Indiana in 2012 is expected to cease to exist by the end of the year.

And that’s good news, said March2Recovery’s Executive Director Carolyn King, of Jeffersonville. King said she and other organizers plan to meet the needs of the nearly 150 families whose lives were turned upside down by the deadly March 2, 2012, EF-4 tornado before Jan. 1.

And when those needs are met, the recovery organization will disband.

While the agency still has a long road to traverse in approaching months, King said M2R has already taken big steps.

“We are past the beginning phases,” King said. “We are probably halfway there, as far as numbers we are working with.”

King said 1,329 households in its targeted area registered with FEMA to receive assistance following the tornado.

“Out of that, we have contacted all but maybe 150 or so families that were not able to be reached,” King said, adding that those households could have moved from the area or sought other forms of assistance.

Of all the FEMA registrants, King said M2R was hands-on with about 400 of the families, which had a wide range of needs.

“We are down right now to working with probably just over 100 families that still need services and are in the process of being helped right now,” she said.

 

VARIED NEEDS

King said those families have such varied needs that there is no such thing as the typical tornado victim. Some families only needed debris removed from their property. Others needed their home completely rebuilt.

“Some of the people just have dented roofs or something. They can still live in their place, but [their home] was definitely damaged and hurt the resale [value]. Some lost decks, so we might, later down the road, help replace some of these things,” King said.

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