MARCs help those recovering from Missouri tornado damage


Multi-Agency Resource Centers, or MARC, were opened in Oak Grove and Smithville, two areas hardest hit by March 6 tornadoes in Western Missouri, to help residents in their recovery efforts.

At both locations, the MARC was coordinated by the American Red Cross and Catholic Charities.

At Oak Grove, the MARC was located at the First Baptist Church Youth Center and operated Friday and Saturday, March 10-11. The Smithville MARC was open Sunday, March 12, at the Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church.

Red Cross caseworkers were on hand to help people whose homes suffered tornado damage in the recovery process and connect them with partner agencies and other resources for assistance. Red Cross health services and mental health counselors also were on hand.

City governments at both locations assisted as did several partner agencies including the Salvation Army, Children’s Disaster Services, The Missouri Bar, Missouri Department of Insurance; Office of the Missouri Attorney General and Adventist Community Services.

Over the three days at both locations, some 150 people showed up to check on available assistance.

Red Cross disaster assessment teams conducted house-to-house surveys in the six counties impacted by tornadoes. The teams determined more than 900 homes were damaged by the storm with about three-fourths of them in Jackson and Clay counties.

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