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Help for Harveyville

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BENEFITING:

Ashley Walker

THE STORY:

Although Kansas, home to Dorothy and the Wizard, is renown for devastating tornadoes, the residents of Harveyville, Kansas were not prepared for a February tornado. With the mild winter and the arrival of early warm temperatures, the storms last Tuesday, February 28th, made for stormy, unexpected tornadic activity. Sirens did not sound in the small town near Topeka, population of about 275. Tornado sirens are used to signal to residents that tornadic formation has been spotted by trained meteorologists, allowing people to find shelter. Unfortunately, without this notification, residents of Harveyville were left unaware of the impending tornado and destruction. 40-60% of the small town was destroyed. Ten people were injured in the storm, and sadly one of those injured, a father, grandfather and husband, did not survive. Gov. Brownback quickly declared a state of emergency for the entire Wabaunsee County late Tuesday night. Recovery efforts are underway, but the situation is dire. People are left without homes or any belongings. They are in desperate need of supplies, and are asking for donations such as food, personal hygiene, toiletries, cleaning supplies, water and money. Please help the people of Harveyville, or of the other towns that were severely damaged Tuesday evening. Every penny helps.

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