Salvation Army major helps tornado victims
WAUWATOSA - A representative from the Salvation Army has planned to leave Monday to help people affected by the deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri.
Major Carol Lemirand was to spend a week and a half in the area. She helped load a car for the nine-hour drive to Joplin.
"The despair, the weariness of trying to cleanup and hopefulness of finding that one little item that really (is) significant to a person's life," said Lemirand to TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray.
Her plans included working in the warehouse operations in Joplin.
"I'm sure I'll be working with volunteers and directing trucks to be unloaded."
At least 25 percent of that city was destroyed when the tornado struck in May.
Major Carol has experience with disasters.
She was a logistics chief for three weeks at Ground Zero in New York City during 9-11.
Major David Dalberg is running the entire Joplin Salvation Army operation.
"As Katrina was to hurricanes, the mother of all storms, the Joplin tornado is the mother of all (tornadoes)."
150 people lost their lives in the tornado.
"The level of debris is still so great that you can still drive and still see it over the entire landscape, yet."
The experts say the best thing people can do is donate money, so teams on the Joplin have the cash to buy supplies.