Regional cleanup gets help from disaster recovery training
Seven weeks after deadly tornadoes swept across eastern Kentucky, killing 23 people, the initial shock has faded and the cleanup is still underway. But long-term efforts to rebuild and recover are only just beginning, with some predicting it will be years before life gets back to normal for everyone.
On Wednesday, many of those tasked with the responsibility of helping storm victims pick up the pieces took part in an introductory training session provided by Church World Service, the oldest faith-based disaster recovery service in the United States, representing 37 Christian churches. Those attending the training at Mayo Methodist Church included local churches and social service agencies from Floyd, Johnson and Magoffin counties, as well as members of the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee, which itself is composed of churches and social service organizations.