Long-term Recovery Board Formed (Update on Response to Severe Weather in Dane County)

September 12, 2005
J. McLellan 608 / 267-2542 Stoughton Area Tornado Reference 0912-01
Emergency Management

Representatives of the towns of Albion, Christiana, Dunn, Pleasant Springs and the City of Stoughton have formed the Stoughton Area Tornado Long-term Recovery Board. The Board will work with the support of the Stoughton Area Resources Team, the Stoughton Community Foundation, Stoughton Area School District, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Joining Forces for Families, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Lutheran Social Services, Dane County Emergency Government, Dane County Mental Health, Community Action Center, and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster The Board will act as the unified planning and activity organization whose purpose is to oversee the distribution of donated funds from the Stoughton Area Tornado Relief fund and to provide support, resources, and information to area residents affected by the August 18th tornado. The Board will assist residents in identifying their needs and match them with available resources in the areas of mental health and counseling, financial assistance, housing, clothing, food, rebuilding assistance, and volunteers for cleanup. Residents may contact the Recovery Board’s resource coordinator, Cristie Derrick, at 608-205-9898 or e-mail resourcecoordinator@tds.net. Information about needed household items, meal support, clothing, personal and emotional counseling, and obtaining financial resources is available. Needs assessment representatives from the board will be making personal contacts. If a resident has unmet needs prior to that contact, they are encouraged to contact the resource coordinator. All contacts are confidential. The Stoughton Area Tornado Relief Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 911 West Main Street, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 53589, will continue to accept monetary donations to be used for recovery and rebuilding purposes. No donated funds will be used to offset administrative costs.