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Guilford County, Greensboro Create Disaster Resource Center For Tornado Victims

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Naomi Prioleau
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WUNC
Families came to the Disaster Resource Center at 1815 Everitt St., in Greensboro to receive assistance after Sunday's tornado.

Guilford County and Greensboro officials have created a center to help victims of the EF-2 tornado that hit the city Sunday evening.

The Disaster Resource Center helps with the initial assessment of what services storm victims need. It also helps connect them with government programs and non-profits.

Donna Gray is community relations manager for the city of Greensboro. She said there's been a lot of support from the community.

“We have had a wonderful outpouring of response, people wanting to help and volunteer,” she said. “It's just now getting to the point where we can utilize those volunteers just due to the safety issues that were associated with the electrical wires being down.”

They've partnered with Guilford County Social Services as well as the American Red Cross.

Kadinah Meriweather came to the center, located in the Willow Oaks Community Center in Greensboro.

Meriweather and her family were in the process of moving to their new home when the tornado struck.

Their new place was directly in the path of the tornado.

“After it stopped raining, he [landlord] called us and said it was no point in us coming to look at the house because it was destroyed so we had nowhere to go,” she said.

Meriweather and her family have been living in a temporary housing shelter since then.

She said the center has been a great asset to her family.

“They have been so helpful, the Red Cross, everyone who has been partnering with the Red Cross, they have been so helpful,” she said. “They've pretty much made the situation at ease. So it's helped out a whole lot.”

The center is open now through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on Sunday and will re-open on Monday.

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