Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Free Christmas Tornadoes Home Cleanup Hotline Available Now



Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies in Texas, Miss., and other states.

BOULDER, Colo.[or your location] – Dec. 29, 2015  From now through January 15, 2016, Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (www.ITDRC.org) and VisionLink (www.VisionLink.org), are staffing and supporting a free hotline for debris removal and home cleanup after the recent tornadoes affecting several southern states. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris removal, tapping, and cleaning up homes, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

Voluntary relief agencies play a vital role in whole community recovery. The police and fire departments are there for emergencies, but they don’t have the time or resources to clean out homes. This partnership helps connect survivors with local relief agencies working in the area,” said Al Benson, Central Division Director with ITDRC whose volunteers are staffing the hotlines.

We are offering this service through January 15th to help facilitate rapid solutions by the various aid agencies standing by to assist those affected by the tornadoes," says Doug Zimmerman, CEO of VisionLink.  This hotline will alert multiple relief agencies that survivors need help. All services are free and performed by vetted and reputable relief agencies and members of VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), response times will vary so we ask residents their patience while the teams receive and organize their response to help.

Survivors needing assistance with home cleanup may call: 1-800-451-1954.