Community leaders form long term recovery group in Amherst County

AMHERST COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7)-- While families are getting back on their feet, a group of community leaders is now looking towards long term recovery.

Virginia Department of Emergency Management facilitated a session for stakeholders in Amherst County today regarding the future. Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, churches, Public Safety were all in attendance.

VDEM taught the community leaders based on the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster model. The goal of the meeting was to establish a group in Amherst County that would handle recovery efforts moving forward. They are working to maximize resources and not step on people’s toes.

“I don't have a single person or organization that I can point to to focus all these different resources to each individual family,” said County Administrator Dean Rogers. “And so we're organizing today to try and organize how we're going to do our long-term recovery.”

There has been an outpouring of support since the tornado, now they have to make sure it’s all going to the right place and that they are working together.

The group will soon function on its own with an executive board, by-laws and goals. They will focus on volunteer, construction and donation management, emotional and spiritual care, financial controls and reporting.

Long term recovery could take anywhere between months and years.

According to VDEM there are 59 potential households still with unmet needs. Amherst County says there are 10 families who don’t have insurance.