Saturday, October 18, 2008

A story from the aftermath of the 2/17/08 Prattville tornado

EMA thanks Church of Living Water for help during storms
from the Prattiville

A local church that served as the nerve center for relief efforts during the aftermath of the Feb. 17 tornado was honored recently by emergency management offi­cials.

Church of the Living Water was presented with the Alaba­ma Emergency Management Community Service Award by state and local officials for the role the church played in the Prattville tornado recovery ef­forts. The church served as the city's service center during re­covery efforts, as volunteer and service organizations con­ducted operations from the church so as to get help to af­fected residents more quickly.

"After the tornado, the church opened its doors to help anybody in the community and then willingly opened their doors to become the service cen­ter," said Crystal Ousley, inter­im director of the Autauga County EMA. "We set up the center to provide services from community groups like the Red Cross and Salvation Army, and social services for the tornado victims in that area. It was a central place, with all the dam­age in that area. During recov­ery besides the volunteer recep­tion center that was held at Pratt Court, they were the other heartbeat of the recovery pro­cess."

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