Agencies coordinate plans for long-term recovery
RUTH ANN HAFNER
DISASTER AGENCIES REACH OUT | This note was left on the foundation of a home in Oak Hills subdivision that was completely destroyed by the tornado.
With debris cleared and cleanup coming to a close, those affected by the March 6 tornado are moving into long-term recovery mode.
To help with those efforts, Aren Koenig, community preparedness and resiliency project manager with Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, worked with disaster relief agencies, the Oak Grove Ministerial Alliance and community leaders to put plans into action at a long-term planning meeting held March 14.
"It's overwhelming to go through this process," Koenig said. That's why people are recommended to contact a relief agency and get a case manager to help guide them. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Volunteers help bring peace back to cemetery
RUTH ANN HAFNER
RESETTING MONUMENTS | Volunteers worked to clean and prepare monuments in the cemetery to be reset during the weekend.
Not even a place of final rest is immune to the backlash of severe weather, but at Oak Grove Cemetery, last week's restlessness came in the form of clean-up efforts.
The cemetery dates back to the 1840s and has a great deal of sentimental value to many longtime residents who have generation after generation buried somewhere in the 19 acres of land.
Four Jackson County public works dump trucks waited on Cemetery Road while three others were quickly filled with brush and tree limbs, creating that unusual air of unrest in this corner of Oak Grove. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Gina Parr, looking forward, not back
Anyone who grows up in Missouri is used to fluctuating weather and severe storms. In addition to the requisite fire drills, there are also tornado drills like the one scheduled to happen statewide March 7.
When that siren goes off the first Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m., people ignore it.
Gina Parr, site manager for the Oak Grove Community Services League, had done her fair share of ignoring the weather March 6. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
PARR FEELS BLESSED | Despite the fact that Gina Parr, site manager, Community Services League, lost her home in the March 6 tornado, she is happy to help others and thankful to receive help from the community of Oak Grove.