The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Tornado Outbreak 2011

October 26, 2011

Tornado funds came with strings attached

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ATHENS —

Community response

McFarlen said the fact that so many civic and faith-based agencies pulled together following the tornado disaster made it easier on impacted residents.

The United Way formed a recovery committee, made up of heads of several agencies, as a means of organizing volunteer and financial resources. The committee also opened a warehouse on U.S. 31 to provide household goods to those who had lost everything in the storm. The volunteer-run warehouse continues to be open on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

McFarlen credited the organizations that participated for putting the needs of the community first, as opposed to the needs of their individual organizations.

“The people of Limestone County put boots on the ground immediately and began to work with each other as we went through the process,” she said. “Our recovery is much further along than some of our neighboring counties because of the leadership and willingness of people to put themselves in place.”

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