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Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response assisting in Watford City

Shirley Dykshoorn

Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response is currently setting up a case management process in Watford City, N.D., to assist those who were impacted by the recent tornado.

Nine people were hurt, one critically, when a twister struck a trailer camp near Watford City May 26. The tornado, which peaked with 120 mph winds, destroyed 13 trailers and damaged two others.

“Funds are being raised locally for victims, many of whom lost everything they own,” said Shirley Dykshoorn, Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response director. “Our agency will manage the process with a locally established committee and our staff. We will draft the scoring sheets and develop a scoring process with them.”

The case manager prepares the scoring sheets; points are assigned based on type and extent of the loss. After additional information is received from the victims, the committee reviews each case before funds are distributed.

Dykshoorn added that our case manager will be connecting with tornado victims. “A local bank has raised over $38,000 so far and more is expected to come in. Online donations of cash can be made through the North Dakota Community Foundation to meet unmet needs, which is an easy way to assist. We are hoping for an additional $50,000 to $80,000 to be raised over the next month, and we will bring food to the victims through the Great Plains Food Bank.”

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