Disaster Management Students Serve in Eastern Kentucky
Two Disaster Management and Relief students made their way to Eastern Kentucky early Tuesday morning in route to assist in the disaster clean-up. The students, Kendra Dixon and James Dixon, teamed up with a Nazarene Disaster Response team from Middleport, Ohio, headed by Daniel Fulton, an Ohio Christian University graduate.
The group will be serving in Salyersville, KY, an area about a half hour from West Liberty Kentucky, which has been receiving the bulk of the media coverage in the aftermath of the storms. Last week, the weather service identified at least 45 separate tornadoes across the Midwest and South. The unusually severe storm system affected millions of people in 10 states. An EF-3 tornado struck the town of West Liberty, Kentucky, and packed winds of 140 mph, which caused massive amounts of damage. According to Kentucky Governor, Steve Beshear, “The twister left the normally peaceful town of West Liberty looking like "a war zone,"
Team leader, Daniel Fulton said that the team would be doing house clean-outs and giving assistance wherever it was needed. Fulton stressed that the areas are still in pretty bad shape, so the team will be “roughing it” adding "the work cleaning up after the terrible event would be hard but the people there really need our help.” Disaster Management director, Thad Hicks was excited about the opportunity stating, Daniel Fulton knows disaster work, and so if I cannot be there, I am glad he is.”
In addition to this group of students, Bryan Irvine an Ohio Christian University graduate student is leading a team to one of the hard hit areas in Indiana.