April 7, 2007 Tornado notebook

Assistance available for tornado victims:

• Salvation Army services will be offered beginning Monday at the Salvation Army at 317 East Second Ave. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. A pink intake sheet is needed to receive goods and items.

Information: 762-3801.

• The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Center is located at the Red Cross offices at the corner of Main and Second streets at 108 W. Second St. Caseworkers are available for assistance from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Information: 763-4129.

Red Cross officials said they “don’t care about documentation status” to provide assistance.

• Register for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance online at www.fema.gov or call (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The booklet “Help After a Disaster” will be mailed after registering and is available online.

• Public Regulation Commission can assist with insurance claims and coverage as well as utility issues. Call (888) 4-ASK-PRC (427-5772).

• Triangle Ace Hardware in Clovis is offering discounts for homeowners buying repair products. Buyers must be registered with the Salvation Army or Red Cross and provide proof of address.

Information: 762-3301.

• Cannon Air Force Base has established an “Airmen for an Afternoon” program to provide homeowners with manpower to help with storm recovery efforts.

Information: 784-4228.

• Tornado victims can apply for emergency assistance, such as vouchers, toiletries and food, through the Human Service Department Income Support Division.

• Curry County ISD Office — 762-4751

• Quay County ISD Office — 461-4627

• Roosevelt County ISD Office — 356-4473

• Clients who have lost their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards or food purchased through the Food Stamp program, can get replacements at the Income Support Division located at 3316 North Main St., Suite A, Clovis.

• The Eastern Plains Community Action Agencies can provide food assistance vouchers, one month emergency rental assistance, prescription assistance, clothes, toiletries, sleeping bags, bottled water, infant formula and diapers. Services also are available in Quay County.
Information: 769-1094.

• The 16th and Pile Church of Christ has items to distribute for tornado disaster relief — including nonperishable food, water, clothes and baby items.
Information: Bob Hoy at 799-7415 or Kay Prater at 760-3573.

• Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association may be eligible for NARFE Federal Employee Education Assistance grants up to $500 per NARFE household as reimbursement for losses stemming from declared disasters. Apply online at www.fema.gov or call (800) 621-FEMA (3362).

• U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency Section 504 Housing Rehabilitation Program grants of up to $7,500 are available to low-income homeowners 62 and older who reside in communities with populations of less than 10,000. Low-interest loans of 1 percent for up to $20,000 also are available. Call the Las Vegas, N.M., office at 425-3594, ext. 4, or Carlsbad office at 887-3506, ext. 4, or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov. Funds can be used to build tornado or storm shelters as well.

To help
• Operation: Disaster Recovery has been created to raise and distribute funds for the unmet needs of local families. To contribute, call 769-2103 or send a check made payable to Operation Disaster Recovery in care of the United Way of Eastern New Mexico, P.O. Box 806, Clovis, NM 88101, or visit the United Way at 215 N. Main St.

• Monetary donations can dropped off at The Salvation Army at 317 E. Second St. or mailed to P.O. Box 900, Clovis, NM 88101.

• Money and gift card donations are being sought to help Clovis public school children and staff members whose families suffered damage to their homes or property from the March 23 tornado.

Clovis Municipal Schools and the Clovis News Journal will collect donations through April 13.

The public can donate money or business gift cards to the CMS Central Office, 1009 N. Main St., or to the News Journal, 521 Pile St.

• To help the victims of this tornado, bring or send contributions to the American Red Cross, 108 W. Second St., Clovis, NM 88101.

o To help the victims of local, national and international disasters, cash contributions can be sent to the Mid-Rio Grande Chapter of the American Red Cross, 142 Monroe, NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

Internet users can make a secure online credit card contribution by visiting www.redcrossalbq.org.

• Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Federal Employee Education Assistance fund by sending a check to FEEA, 8441 W. Bowles Ave., Suite 200, Littleton, Co 80123, or donate by credit card by calling (800) 323-4140 or visit www.feea.org.

o Clovis Evening Lions Club has received a $10,000 grant from the Lions Club International that is being used to establish the Tornado Disaster Fund at Citizen’s Bank of Clovis. In cooperation with Clovis Municipal Schools, the Lions Club will provide $100 gift cards to S & S Supermarket in Clovis for needy families identified by CMS. Donations may be made to the Tornado Disaster Fund at any Citizen’s Bank branch.

• The holding period for animals from tornado affected areas taken to the Clovis Animal Shelter come to an end next week. The animals will be made available for adoption Tuesday, shelter officials said. Residents who lost pets in the tornado are asked to check at the shelter. Information: 769-7893 or stop by the shelter at Norris Street and Brady Avenue.

• Curry County operations are back to normal. Clean up will continue until June 5. Information: 763-6016.

• Clovis landfill fees resume today.

— Compiled by Freedom Newspapers