Friday, May 31 2013 11:26 AM EDT2013-05-31 15:26:41 GMT
A team of volunteers led by a survivor of a tornado that swept through southern Indiana last year is headed to Oklahoma to help victims of last week's deadly storm. Indiana Cares was created by stay-at-homeMore >>
A team of volunteers led by a survivor of a tornado that swept through southern Indiana last year is headed to Oklahoma to help victims of last week's deadly storm.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:18:05 GMT
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school. When Henryville Elementary School Teacher KristiMore >>
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.More >>
Thursday, May 2 2013 6:06 PM EDT2013-05-02 22:06:04 GMT
High school students are literally creating a new landscape for tornado survivors in Henryville. The teens from Scottsburg New Tech High School partnered with Habitat for Humanity to design and implementMore >>
High school students are literally creating a new landscape for tornado survivors in Henryville.More >>
Wednesday, March 6 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-03-06 22:31:03 GMT
Families in southern Indiana who lived through last year's deadly tornadoes are being invited to share their memories about how the tornado changed their lives. The new project in Henryville, called "CollectingMore >>
Families in southern Indiana who lived through last year's deadly tornadoes are being invited to share their memories about how the tornado changed their lives.More >>
Saturday, March 2 2013 2:39 PM EST2013-03-02 19:39:39 GMT
Henryville residents will have an emotional day as it marks the one year anniversary of a deadly tornado that killed 39 people in two states. The community has planned several events for Saturday to thankMore >>
Henryville residents will have an emotional day as it marks the one year anniversary of a deadly tornado that killed 39 people in two states.More >>
Friday, March 1 2013 6:32 PM EST2013-03-01 23:32:35 GMT
A year ago Saturday, deadly tornadoes struck southern Indiana, destroying homes and businesses in Henryville. The town is now preparing to mark the anniversary of the devastation. In Nabb, a nearbyMore >>
This weekend's one-year anniversary will be a time to pause and remember those 14 people who lost their lives, but also to celebrate all the work that's been done towards recovery.More >>
Thursday, February 28 2013 5:10 PM EST2013-02-28 22:10:17 GMT
All this week, we've been reporting on the recovery in southern Indiana towns, one year after the deadly tornado outbreak killed 14 people and destroyed hundreds of buildings. One of the biggest rebuildingMore >>
One of the biggest rebuilding projects after the tornadoes last March involved the Henryville schools heavily damaged in the storm.More >>
Wednesday, February 27 2013 5:24 PM EST2013-02-27 22:24:11 GMT
There are many stories of recovery in Henryville this week as we approach one year since tornadoes devastated the town. In that storm, one man sacrificed his own life to keep his wife safe. AlthoughMore >>
Her new home may be finished and furnished and full, but for Lenora Hunter, it often feels empty.More >>
Tuesday, February 26 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-02-26 21:42:02 GMT
It's been one year since tornadoes devastated southern Indiana. Henryville received a lot of the attention, but small communities like Marysville and New Pekin were also hit hard. Over 20 homes were destroyedMore >>
It's been one year since tornadoes devastated southern Indiana. Henryville received a lot of the attention, but small communities like Marysville and New Pekin were also hit hard.More >>
Monday, February 25 2013 5:00 PM EST2013-02-25 22:00:08 GMT
It's been a year since strong tornadoes tore through southern Indiana, killing 14 people and destroying hundreds of homes. March 2 marks the anniversary of the tornadoes. Henryville was hit the hardestMore >>
While it's been a year since the tornadoes struck, when you talk to Henryville residents, they say it doesn't seem that long.More >>
Nearly a week after deadly tornadoes struck southern Indiana, the recovery effort is in full swing.
The post office in Henryville is back in service. School officials are exploring two possible temporary school sites where 1,200 students can finish out the school year.
Also, FEMA representatives have toured tornado ravaged Henryville to document the damage. Their records will help the governor make a case for a presidential declaration. The state must prove up to 400 homes were damaged.
Thanks to your generous support, the WTHR Cares Hoosier Tornado Relief drive has raised more than a half-million dollars. The money will go to the Red Cross, but Eyewitness News wanted to find out how those donations were being spent. We headed to southern Indiana Thursday to find out.
On Thursday, Henryville resident Fran Hahn was picking up free meals from the Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle. The meals would not be possible without donations.
"They come and say, 'I need to help,' and out of the pockets comes money," she said.
The bountiful money taken in by the Red Cross since last Friday also pays for tarps, blankets, medical supplies and hot meals.
The Red Cross stresses what you give to Friday's tornado disaster relief is being used for just that.
"That is just our policy. We are very transparent about that and people can rest assured that they will be helping folks in need," said Ann Gregor, Red Cross spokesperson.
Case workers are set up at shelters to help survivors.
In all, 28 Red Cross workers are using donation dollars on a case by case basis for housing, health care needs or to issue debit cards so residents can purchase items.
"That would be what prescriptions have you lost, medical devices, all sorts of things like that," said Gregor.
The Red Cross will keep emergency response vehicles in the area as long as necessary.
"I believe we've served about 20,000 meals and snacks so they have been busy," said Catie Wheatley, Red Cross field worker.
"There is so much love and concern. God is truly amongst all these people," said Hahn.
With hundreds of thousands of dollars donated since the tornadoes, the Red Cross stresses no family should go without the help they need.
So far, the Indiana Attorney General's consumer protection division says there haven't been any complaints of scams related to the storms. But they warn potential donors to beware of unsolicited requests for money from organizations with names that are similar to those of reputable charities.
Also, check with a group like the Better Business Bureau before making a donation. Finally, pay by credit card if possible, because they can offer protections against fraud.
Make a donation today by visiting Red Cross, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.