Helping Tornado Survivors

By: Portlight , 1:51 AM GMT on April 26, 2011

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In light of the recent tornado destruction and devastation around the country, we feel compelled to work to give a hand up to some of those impacted.

Our approach is going to be very simple...but we need your help to make a difference.

We are providing direct financial assistance to as many people as we can. This assistance will take the form of cash debit cards in the amount of $100 each.

These cards will be provided to individuals and families identified to us by local officials...such as sheriffs, mayors, etc. These local leaders are in the best position to determine local need...and vet recipients.

In Alabama, North Carolina, Arkanas, Missouri...and likely other places to come...lives have been thrown into chaos. The ability to spend a few dollars as needed will be crucial.

Please make a financial contribution...and make a direct difference. Also...please forward, link and post this message far and wide!!!

You can use the PayPal button above...or checks can be sent to:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721
Johns island SC 29455

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69. MDSHydrologyGeology
6:40 PM GMT on August 25, 2011
Jeff Masters does not want a comment for 24 hours by that time it may well be all over for the East coast USA, just as the future of Libya, so exactly o' meteorology 2D readers how do satellite images resolve hurricane problems and damage, I can see how 3D process work might have so done and some attention to needed flood and coastal works, especially build structures to an adequate standard and believe me those have declined in the UK as well as NZ to meet some of the USA failures and complacency. What is the point of our teaching meteorology and small climate structures to students for engineering standards if nobody listens since 1980 ! Satellites are useful, not half as good as the data that used to be collected and the work of Hurricane Hunters with some good turbo prop aircraft nor as the work of theory by those of us qualified in the 1960s who can work it out freehand. Anyway we have plenty of half baked satellite stuff and a lot of excess cost. So the US Navy is all at sea, best place for it. I hope they do not get sea sick like normal rational people do! Mind you we have some US Navy asbestos junk polluting our country in another British government waste collection deal for men who used to do good ship work made unemployed by Thatcher, about all they seem capable of the politicians, making waste, while US Navy Coastguard Canadian Coastguard and British Navy and Customs used to be the best on earth when I was young and teaching. Union Blue, Debbie Harry. Endless dockyards of waste and talent neglected.
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68. ShenValleyFlyFish
6:13 PM GMT on May 18, 2011
Sure you folks are aware of this stuff but found it interesting:
The tent that turns into concrete in less than 24 hours
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67. Noil
6:42 PM GMT on May 17, 2011
Camp Creek, TN EMA is looking for the following:

Several items are immediately needed:

* Tarps and tents
* Blankets
* Sleeping Bags
* First aid supplies: bandages of all sizes, antimicrobial wipes, and hand sanitizers.


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66. Noil
3:06 PM GMT on May 17, 2011
Quoting OGal:



Check out OSHNBLU's tornado pics of tornado damage in Tenn and Georgia.


Thanks for sharing those WU users photos, often when I am bringing in supplies to areas it is dark and you don't see a whole lot.

It is an epic failure on the part of the national media for not covering this for more than 24 - 48 hours.
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65. OGal
11:28 PM GMT on May 16, 2011



Check out OSHNBLU's tornado pics of tornado damage in Tenn and Georgia.
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64. Noil
9:53 PM GMT on May 16, 2011
Update for Greeneville, TN list:

They also need household items like coffee pots and microwaves.

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63. Noil
8:43 PM GMT on May 16, 2011
I have heard back from Bill Brown, Greeneville, TN EMA, and they are needing more agriculture focused items that are not typically considered in normal donations.

Here is his needs list:

Barb wire and post, electric fence post and smooth post insulators, electric fence wire and laundry detergent.

Having helped out on a farm for some time, the best compromise on electric fence wire is 14 gauge, the 17 gauge is too light and often breaks.

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62. Noil
10:47 PM GMT on May 14, 2011
I am back, though it was a very rough trip back weather-wise, got into some major thunderstorms and in the process my 4runner took a direct hit from lightening on I-75 N.

Main thing I am fine never felt a thing but it seems to have cooked my amateur radio rig. :(

Any supplies gathered now need to go directly to Greeneville, TN, working on establishing a good contact there with the Police Department. So please keep donating!

In the meantime ... I need to get my vehicle to my mechanic and see if I have any lurking damage.

Over all the trip up to Bristol was pretty uneventful, the Salvation Army was glad to get the supplies. In Chattanooga I was welcomed like a celebrity at the warehouse, I guess being the second trip from NC all the way there got some notice. And they were really appreciative of the supplies.

Despite what churches in the Greeneville area may be posting on their websites about being in the rebuild phase awaiting me in WUmail was a request from an individual who asked for assistance for her community. So I would really like to take what Jason has and if I can add to it and bring it to the folks in Greeneville, TN.



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61. AllyBama
1:32 AM GMT on May 14, 2011
Quoting Patrap:
Received today,


to the portlight.org and weather underground


It is from the bottom of our hearts that we the ******* Family send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your timely and compassionate response to our request via the weather underground website.

To have had a simple funeral and Services for our Loved one would have been likely impossible without your organizations timely help.

Our deepest Thank you again.

Miss E. *******


just heartbreaking...
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60. Patrap
1:29 AM GMT on May 14, 2011
Received today,


to the portlight.org and weather underground


It is from the bottom of our hearts that we the ******* Family send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your timely and compassionate response to our request via the weather underground website.

To have had a simple funeral and Services for our Loved one would have been likely impossible without your organizations timely help.

Our deepest Thank you again.

Miss E. *******
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59. snjgambleSC
3:30 AM GMT on May 13, 2011
Noil,
Have a safe trip across. We are still collecting supplies here in Summerville, SC. Let me know what is needed and we can determine an approach to get more supplies where they are needed.
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58. OGal
7:42 PM GMT on May 12, 2011


Have a safe trip. Wow, what you are doing is awesome. Tell Major Mullens hellos for me :)
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57. Noil
7:09 PM GMT on May 12, 2011
Leaving for Bristol at 6 am tomorrow and then to Chattanooga and then back to Black Mountain, it is going to be a long day.

Here is a list of what I have for each place:

Bristol:

Cleaning:
3 mops
2 brooms
2 – 1 gallon bleach
1 – 64 fl oz pinesol like cleaner

Hygiene:
6 large shaving cream
1 pkg – 10 razors
72 - .85 oz toothpaste
12 – 3.5 oz toothpaste
24 – oral hygiene kits (toothbrush, dental floss and picks and case)
57 – bars of soap
6 – medium sized bottles of shampoo
4 – medium sized pump bottles of antibacterial hand sanitizer

Other:
24 – small first aid kits (consists mostly of various bandages)
5 LED flashlights with batteries

Food:
2 boxes of saltines
3 boxes of pasta
2 – 2 lb bags of rice
2 large cans of pasta and sauce
2 small cans of pasta and sauce
4 cans of beans
1 ketchup
2 small cans of whole kernel corn
3 cans of “Chunky” soup
1 box of cereal bars
2 cans of chili

Chattanooga:

Cleaning:
1 mop
2 brooms
2 – 1 gallon bleach
1 - 64 fl oz pinesol like cleaner

Hygiene:
6 large shaving cream
1 pkg – 10 razors
36 - .85 oz toothpaste
12 – 3.5 oz toothpaste
24 – oral hygiene kits (toothbrush, dental floss and picks and case)
57 – bars of soap
4 – medium sized bottles of shampoo
4 – medium sized pump bottles of antibacterial hand sanitizer

Other:
24 – small first aid kits (consists mostly of various bandages)
5 LED flashlights with batteries

Food:
2 boxes of saltines
3 boxes of pasta
2 – 2 lb bags of rice
1 large cans of pasta and sauce
2 small cans of pasta and sauce
4 cans of beans
1 ketchup
2 small cans of whole kernel corn
2 cans of “Chunky” soup
1 box of cereal bars
1 can of chili
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56. OGal
3:22 PM GMT on May 11, 2011


Bump
Read what Noil wrote, you too can help :)
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55. Noil
4:37 PM GMT on May 10, 2011
What supplies are needed:

Baby food
Infant Formula
Baby items (wipes, diapers, etc)
Non-perishable food
Cleaning supplies
Mops and brooms
Bleach
Large heavy trash bags
Any kind of personal hygiene items
Gloves
Water

Major Mullins said the need is very extensive and the above was immediate need.
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54. Noil
4:24 PM GMT on May 10, 2011
I was contacted today by a Salvation Army Major based in Bristol, TN, she informed me that Glade Springs was denied being classified as a disaster area and therefore not eligible for government support from FEMA, even though the town has been very much devastated by an F3 tornado.

She informed me that a lot of people did not have insurance and not only have they lost their house and all their belongings but also they have lost their jobs because the business district was also hit.

So what this means now it is left to us as volunteers and as individuals to step up and pickup where the government has failed to do so.

I know a lot have given already, but try to find it within yourself to give just a bit more and together as whole we will help out those who are less fortunate than us.

My dentist is donating 3 cases of toothpaste ... this might be an idea for you to ask your dentist and see if they will donate some samples.

If anyone is able to gather supplies and are in the Southeast you can contact me via WU email system, or you can contact the Salvation Army directly and ask them to forward the supplies to Major Peggy Mullins in Bristol, TN.

Any and all support through sending of donations to Portlight or gathering supplies to be brought into the disaster zones is very much appreciated not only by the volunteers who are running the supplies into the areas and those figuring out the logistics but most of all the donations are greatly appreciated by those who have survived the storms.

I will be going to Bristol either Friday / Saturday.



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53. auburn (Mod)
10:00 PM GMT on May 09, 2011
I have a donor who wants to donate a vehicle SUV. She is out of Signal Mountain, TN. She is hoping to give the vehicle to a someone affected by the tornados in AL.
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52. Portlight
9:54 PM GMT on May 09, 2011
FEMA 'cottages' (trailers) not yet arrived in Tuscaloosa...also, remains to be seen if they will be accessible when and if they do arrive...there is some concern on scene that they will not...
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51. Noil
6:35 PM GMT on May 09, 2011
Got off the phone moments ago to the Salvation Army officer involved with aid for TN, GA and VA. Based on the conversation they are needing similar supplies that was gathered for Arab at two locations.

If anyone hasn't donated or has come in to an excess of money and needs something worthwhile to spent it on please consider make a donation to Portlight.

It's through donations that we are able to help these areas and they need a lot of help!

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50. snjgambleSC
11:48 AM GMT on May 09, 2011
What a great week that we pulled off. To be able to get a full trailer of needed items to an area 2 states over in a week is a pretty big feat by volunteers. With the donations from Portlight received by WU members we were able to get diapers, wipes, baby food, tupperware and other needed things. Time is always of the essence and because of the quick reaction of everyone, we were able to fill a need. We all donated a lot of our time and resources and helped a community that will take a lot of time to recover.

I suspect that many communities from MS through AL, GA, TN, and VA are in the same position. Utility crews are busy cutting out downed trees and rebuilding the power poles and lines. I could take a picture in Odenville, and it looks the same as in Arab, Guntersville, Pisgah, etc. The only difference sometimes would be the width of the damage or what was damaged. It was not a normal set of tornadoes in the Southeast. It didn't hop, skip, bounce, or meander. You could almost draw a line for the path.

People in all of these communities will need sustained help as they recover and rebuild, but undamaged areas seem to be back to normal. I think that FEMA, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army and other groups were able to act quickly and are organized pretty well now. The stress is likely taking a toll as families settle in.

Don't forget the scale of destruction across many states. The money donations will now make a bigger individual difference than us scrambling to put supplies into the right place - and that is a good thing. The dire needs are being filled. Portlight can continue to look for cracks that can be filled.

I suspect that we can still run across MTWX or Noil running around different places ferrying items or helping out. I am honored to work with this group and I look forward to any help that I can continue to provide.
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49. Noil
2:13 AM GMT on May 07, 2011
That's great!
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48. TStormSC
1:33 AM GMT on May 07, 2011


Jason, his navigator/loadmaster, and the Portlight trailer in Madison, GA. Already in Alabama now, staged for a trip to its destination and meeting w/ Nick Ward in Arab.

Edit: Tried to upload the photo, but no luck. Photo on the Portlight facebook page.
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47. Noil
10:47 PM GMT on May 06, 2011
OK, after doing some extensive Google searching it appears that Greeneville, TN is in transition from emergency to rebuilding. They are no longer needing supplies but will be in the coming weeks looking for labour to help rebuild.

http://www.asburyumconline.com/

Edit:

rivertramper, responded to my query about Greeneville, TN and she says that there is still a need for water, Gatorade, food and other similar items, so it would seem that perhaps some churches are making the transition but the Red Cross is still looking for items.

She also thanked everyone who is helping Portlight and those affected by the tornadoes.


Southwestern Virgina however as of May 2 were still in need of supplies like baby food, personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, water, baby supplies and cleaning supplies. None of the Virgina shelters are accepting clothing.

These are the shelters accepting donations:

Joy Baptist Church
37266 Farris Drive, Glade Spring VA 8 am %u2013 7 pm

Old Glade Presbyterian Church
33234 Lee Hwy, Glade Spring VA 8:30 am %u2013 7:30 pm

Glade Spring Baptist Church
414 South Monte Vista Drive, Glade Spring VA (no hours listed)


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46. presslord
9:43 PM GMT on May 06, 2011
A reasonable fear:Link
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45. Patrap
3:41 PM GMT on May 06, 2011
U guys r doing a fantastic job bringing relief to those affected by calamity.

Thanks for stepping up and carrying the portlight mission forward.

People helping people,its a Wunderful thing.



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44. snjgambleSC
2:52 PM GMT on May 06, 2011
I have the Portlight trailer hooked up with supplies. We will see if Noil and TStormSC can overload what I already have when I meet up with TStormSC in GA. If so, then we may need NorthofAtlanta to help caravan to Arab, AL.

These supplies will be mostly baby-related, with some hygiene, work gloves, towels, and some baby toys. I have a life-size Pooh riding shotgun, and my 10 yr old son is going along to help offload.

I will meet up with MTWX in Arab tomorrow morning and then shift some of the containers that Noil and TStormSC have picked up for Ryan School to MTWX.

I will get another list of items while in Arab, and we can start working on building up supplies for another run. In an ideal situation, I would be able to make a run over next Saturday and Sunday.

Great work pulling this together so fast. Patrap, hopefully you are resting well....
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43. snjgambleSC
3:32 PM GMT on May 05, 2011
And another Facebook group is started, Link, that is helping with the C2C effort. We have let them know that we are heading west with a trailer as well.

I expect to make a run with our collected items from here in Summerville, SC on Fri afternoon, and then again the next weekend as we collect items. I will meet up with NorthofAtlanta on Friday night after we decide how we need to caravan the items to Arab, AL. And, we now will have some stuff that MTWX needs for Tupperware.

I expect this Sunday's collection and next week to be bigger than this week as these efforts spread by word of mouth and better understanding of the need. I will post another set of needs after we are on the ground this weekend.
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42. snjgambleSC
3:28 PM GMT on May 05, 2011
Another group is SC has organized a 22 ft truck heading from Pawley's Island through Charleston locations picking up supplies and then going to west Alabama. They will make another run in a few weeks, I think.

http://www.supportc2c.com/

They seem to be battling the usual dropoff of used clothes. We are not collecting any of that type of stuff, unless specifically requested.
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41. Noil
3:34 AM GMT on May 05, 2011
Here is a video that briefly shows the tornado going through Ringgold, the person is trying to drive out of the way of the storm.

http://iwitness.weather.com/_Ringgold-Ga-Tornado/ video/1571358/148597.html

It only shows the tornado for a few seconds.
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40. Noil
3:22 AM GMT on May 05, 2011
Not sure why the rest of places didn't paste but anyway...

· The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have a donation and distribution center at the Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy in Cleveland and have some urgent needs. They are Laundry Detergent, Dish Soap, Bleach, Ramen Noodles/Mac & Cheese, Beanie Weanie, Soups, ravioli, Canned Chicken, Tuna and Pet Food.

· Both Hamilton Place Mall entrances on the upper level (near Piccadilly and American Café) and the Food Court Entrance on the lower level will be staffed with Salvation Army volunteers beginning at 5 p.m. today to accept food donations. Local clergy will also be available to support those who may be grieving.

· Battlefield Primary School in Fort Oglethorpe will be accepting donations of pens, pencils and spiral notebooks for Ringgold students from noon to 5 p.m. May 4 and 8 a.m. to noon May 5. You may drop donations off at the front of the school.

· Jesus is the Way Baptist Ministry has a tornado relief center set up at Bryman Plaza North in Dalton. They will be accepting donations of nonperishable food, hygiene products, water, clothing and any monetary donations. It will be delivered to Catooa County.

· Grace Church of Catoosa County, at 7623 Alabama Highway in Ringgold, has been asked to be an additional drop-off location as well as a distribution sight for tornado victims in Ringgold. The church will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers Saturday, May 7, at the Gingerbread House in Ringgold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the victims needing a hot meal. Contact Angie Clay with any questions at 423-838-1155.

· Donations for disaster relief can be made at any Northwest Georgia Bank branch, including the main office and the Nashville St. branch in Ringgold, which are open for normal business hours.

· The Chattanooga Valley Recreation Association will be accepting donations at the ballfields this week to assist those in the Chattanooga Valley and Flinstone communities hit hard by last Wednesday's storms. Donations will be accepted on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Items needed include bottled water and drinks, toiletries, duct tape, sunblock, insect repellent, charcoal, and blankets. Monetary donations will also be accepted.

· On Thursday from 6-8 p.m., and again on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the Chattanooga Valley Recreation Association coaches and teams, along with police escorts, will be going into the affected communities to assist with the clean-up, and any volunteers are invited to help. Then on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., the CVRA is holding a clean-up day at the ballfields to remove debris left by the storms.

· Physical labor volunteers are meeting each day at 8 a.m. at Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church.

· For updated volunteer information, visit the Walker County Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

· To list what you need and to share what you have available, visit www.helpringgold.com.

Read more: CatWalkChatt - Disaster relief May 4 2011
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39. Noil
3:17 AM GMT on May 05, 2011
Just found through the local paper for Ft. Oglethrope and Ringgold the following needs as of 2:55 pm May 4:

· Ringgold United Methodist Church, which is serving as a recovery site, needs volunteers for: team 1 – on site distribution of food and water; team 2 – care/assessment team; team 3 – manual labor/clean up team; and team 4 – church security team.

· The Walker County Civic Center has passed disaster relief efforts to Chattanooga Valley Baptist Church or Oakwood Baptist Church. While donations are still being accepted there, they encourage donations to the churches.

· Donations can be taken to the Ringgold Telephone Company and the Bank of LaFayette.

· Ringgold High and Middle schools have established an athletic department fund to help rebuild their stadiums, replace equipment and more. Those who would like to help Ringgold athletics can send monetary donations to the RHS and RMS Athletic Fund, c/o Northwest Georgia Bank, P.O. Box 789 Ringgold, Ga. 30736.

· Blood Assurance needs blood donations to replenish supplies. Blood Assurance has a location in Fort Oglethorpe.

· According to the Walker County Commissioner's office, individuals who would like to contribute to the relief effort can provide cash donations to the Walker County Commissioner’s Office in LaFayette.

Read more: CatWalkChatt - Disaster relief May 4 2011

When I dropped off supplies in Ringgold it was to the Ringgold telephone company, if ANY ONE is planning on going to Ringgold please contact me first so I can put you in touch with the right people to get you pass any of the road blocks and curfew. I can also tell you what remains for landmarks so you can find the telephone company ... it is very hard to find in the dark!





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38. Patrap
12:29 AM GMT on May 05, 2011
The Best Moving and Storage Idea Ever

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37. snjgambleSC
3:04 AM GMT on May 04, 2011
Tonight, I spoke with a member of the Arab city council. I asked how things were and how we could help and he said that the desperate need is still baby-related items. He expanded a bit that pack-n-plays and sleeping beds for babies would be helpful. The people that they need to help are people that had everything destroyed. He expressed gratitude that we have an interest in helping and wants to personally meet anyone coming. According to his aunt Peggy, a fellow church member with me, that desire to meet fits perfectly with his personality. I explained that I was coordinating with people in 4 different states to get supplies there.

To better use the proper chain of command, I will make contact with the EMA director there tomorrow.

We are getting things together. And will hopefully be rolling towards Arab before too much longer... Keep getting supplies. We will find a way to meet up along the way.
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36. MTWX
8:53 PM GMT on May 03, 2011
Quoting MTWX:
The people of Hackleburg, AL need storage containers (semi trailers, go boxes). They currently have no place to keep their belongings they have recovered from their devastated homes!! If anyone can help, please let me know as soon as possible!!

PODS is currently working on getting containers into a lot of the hardest hit areas.. Big THANK YOU to PODS!!!
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35. MTWX
11:00 PM GMT on May 02, 2011
The people of Hackleburg, AL need storage containers (semi trailers, go boxes). They currently have no place to keep their belongings they have recovered from their devastated homes!! If anyone can help, please let me know as soon as possible!!
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34. MTWX
10:38 PM GMT on May 02, 2011
Everyone here is awesome!! Lets keep this rolling! Unfortunately I can't afford to take any more time off of work to deliver supplies myself, but I can still relay info between the suppliers and the people that need the supplies, keep me in the loop! Thanks, Nick
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33. TStormSC
10:02 PM GMT on May 02, 2011
Just made a start w/ Tarps and 10 pair of leather gloves. Will keep adding throughout the week. Already in contact with Noil on combining loads. I can go direct from Upstate of SC early Sat morning or meet Jason and/or Jack somewhere in the atlanta metro area. We can caravan or combine there.

Assume water still needed.

David (TStormSC)
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32. Patrap
4:49 PM GMT on May 02, 2011
All great news from the portlight family this morning with Multiple folks making progress toward the Portlight mission statement.

We thank all involved in this worthy effort.

Thank you,thank you all.
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31. Noil
4:41 PM GMT on May 02, 2011
Ordered today:

a case of oral care kits (tooth brush, brush cover, dental picks and dental floss and a case) 36 units per case, a case of toothpaste 24 units @ 3.5 oz, 2 cases of bar soap (not sure but it should amount to 36 bars), 42 travel size first aid kits (42 piece kit in a hard plastic carrying case that is small enough to carry around with you, kit contains 30 sheer bandages, 3 clear bandages, 3 fabric bandages, 2 non-adherent pads and 3 alcohol pads), case of triple antibiotic ointment @ 24 units / case.

When order comes in will be arranging a drop off in SC for Portlight pickup.
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30. snjgambleSC
1:33 AM GMT on May 02, 2011
I started with an email to paul@portlight.org since I live nearby and have donated previously. Within hours, I had contacts with people in MS, NC, SC, and GA. Mostly you guys commenting here. So, I thought that I would post some details of what Paul-SC and I are putting together here near Summerville, SC. I am a member of Dorchester Presbyterian Church, at 10290 Dorchester Rd in Summerville, SC. We will display the Portlight trailer and spread the word about the need and our plans to head west with supplies once we fill up the trailer from that location. Our congregation, with me as the enthusiast, are always looking for ways to help with disaster recovery so I expect that we will fill the trailer pretty quickly. I am hopeful to make a run with a full trailer later this week.

Our church members and friends have worked with Katrina recovery through PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) volunteer work crews and we generally stick with the smaller, more forgotten areas. We will hook up with PDA when they get set up for rebuilding efforts, but we also want to help quickly. When I found that you guys were heading in to help, I am just like you - just tell me what you need and where it needs to go, and I am on the way. Paul-NC has already made a run in, and so has MTWX.

Please help spread the word. We want to put together hygiene kits and clean up buckets along with baby items to help Arab, AL. Most of the areas that I have connected with seem to have water and ice available from FEMA distribution points. FEMA and relief agencies seem to be much quicker than typical hurricane response since not everything is damaged and there is no storm surge. So, I liked Paul-NC's ideas about creating an ice truck, but I think that FEMA has that situation handled for the moment. Power seems to be coming back.

So, like presslord has described at the blog, cash cards will be important along with the little things. We are going to fill up a trailer with the items below with buckets in Summerville, SC and for now plan to head to Arab, AL since we have a connection there and a need.

Suggested by the PDA, the Hygiene Kit contains the following and is sealed in a 1 gallon zipper closed bag. I think that they are a bit too specific and politically correct, so let%u2019s do what makes common sense.

1 - Hand towel (approx 16%u201D x 28%u201D, no fingertip or bath towels)
1 - Washcloth
1 - Wide-tooth comb
1 - Nail clipper
1 - Bar of soap (bath size)
1 - Toothbrush (in original packaging)
6 - Band-Aids or other adhesive bandage strips
Toothpaste %u2013 smaller size


Then, we can add the items that the Arab city council president mentioned. If anyone is heading in with these supplies and wants to go to Arab, then I can get you contact information for Rickey Phillips.

Diapers
Baby food
Baby wipes
Feminine hygiene


But, I also think that Clean-up Buckets are a good idea. However, what I hear from areas around Arab, Guntersville, and above Moody is that the damaged houses are not really repairable, so cleanup may not really be a big deal. They are salvaging what they can before the rain and then will start the heavy cleanup of clearing and deciding whether to rebuild. Maybe these buckets will be useful for the flooding damage further west of the tornado damage.

1 - 5-gallon bucket with a resealable lid
I can go to Home Depot and explain what we are doing to determine the cost for 100 buckets.
5 - scouring pads
7 - sponges, assorted sizes
1 - scrub brush
1 - pkg cleaning towels (18 reusable, like Easy Wipes(R))
1 - box dry laundry detergent , 50 - 78 oz.
1 - liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol(R)), 12 oz.
1 - bottle disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn(R)), 24 - 28 oz.
1 - pkg clothes pins, 48 %u2013 50
Clothesline - two 50 ft or one 100 ft.
5 - dust masks
2 pair - latex gloves
1 pair - work gloves
1 - 24 to 28-count roll heavy-duty trash bags
1 - bottle insect repellant (pump, drops, or lotion, not aerosol), 6 - 9 oz.


We will continue connecting. I can head through Atlanta, or Greenville along the way. Let's keep the ideas and info coming. We will continue to run with each one.
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29. presslord
8:57 PM GMT on May 01, 2011
sent to us from a WU blogger...this is why we do this:

@spann
James Spann
“@jlh134: @spann DESPERATE need for a wheelchair for a 38lb, 6yo special needs boy. Contact Jessica 205******* #wearealabama”
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28. presslord
3:15 PM GMT on May 01, 2011
from the employer of 3 people we're gonna assist:



"Thank you SO MUCH for the aid.

We have 3 team members who are in need.

1 lost her home, 1 lost his home and his father, 1’s mother lost her home.

Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated.

Let me know what other information you need.

If you need to speak with me directly, we have power (by generator) at the store and will be here until about 6 tonight and every day from 7am until 5:30 until we get full power.

Thanks,

Laurie Morton"
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27. Noil
11:10 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
"Also, there is a need in the Pratt City area for trash bags and clothes baskets for residents to use as they sort through rubble. Those can be dropped off at Boutwell Auditorium or Scott School.

There also is a need for soap and personal hygiene items." - The Birmingham News

Noil

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26. AllyBama
8:31 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
To help aid those affected by the tornadoes, I will be donating 20% of my Scentsy commission from my sales during May to Portlight Strageties.
I ask that you please consider making a purchase or making a donation to Portlight. If you have any
questions or concerns, please contact me via email, through FB or WU. Also, please pass this on
to your family and friends!

Together we can make a difference.

https://candlefancy.scentsy.us/Home
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25. NorthofAtlanta
8:16 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
Pat,

If you find it in the Atlanta region I can haul about 225 cases of 24 1/2 liter bottles where there needed.

Jack

Edit: Or 6000lbs of whatever.
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24. Patrap
5:57 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
Were contacting Pepsi/America here in NOLA who helped us with Lifewater and other Pepsi Relief Products post IKE and see if we they will do the same.

Thanx for Your effort and info as well MTWX

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23. MTWX
5:53 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
I have just returned home from the Cullman area to load up and move supplies to other hard hit areas. A lot of areas are starting to regain power though the communities I was in (Center Hill, Walter, and Hanceville are still without. The water and supplies I brought helped dozens of families, but more will likely be needed, especially if the power outages are ongoing for several more days. materiels that alot of folks are looking for at the moment include tarps rain is in the forcast for the beginning of next week, and propane gas for grills, since most of the individuals I assisted were using them to prepare food and heat water for their families needs. A lot of locations have also had water restored, but most are stil under a boil advisory, so a continuous supply of botted water is a must. Anybody in the Columbus, MS area that could lend a hand, the help would greatly be appreciated!! Please give me a call at (406)868-1285 if you can assist!
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21. AllyBama
3:55 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
Quoting Noil:
If anyone has contacts in Greeneville, TN if they can get a hold of them and see what they are needing, we could organize a run there. They were hit really hard as well.

Noil


I will let you know. I have family there.
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19. Noil
3:54 PM GMT on April 30, 2011
If anyone has contacts in Greeneville, TN if they can get a hold of them and see what they are needing, we could organize a run there. They were hit really hard as well.

Noil
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