Greene County Commission Holds Emergency Session for Disaster Relief

The Greene County Commission held an emergency session to declare a Local Emergency due to the severe weather that struck the county on Tuesday night.

The declaration allows county officials to take actions that protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Greene County. The Office of Emergency Management is coordinating operations.

“Our community is fortunate to have resources like the Office of Emergency Management to help monitor,
prepare and respond to disaster situations,” Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon said in a statement. “Because of their actions, we were able to initiate early warning and avoid loss of life. Various Greene County agencies will continue to be on alert.”

OEM will be coordinating volunteer efforts to help residents who have been impacted by the storm. Volunteers will be stationed at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogersville to work in clearing debris and organizing debris materials such as appliances and electronics.

“We are extremely grateful that we have an active community who are willing to help those affected by Tuesday’s storm,” Larry Woods, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, said in a statement. “That’s why it is important to have a coordinated effort to effectively help our friends and neighbors.”

OEM is asking anyone who wishes to volunteer to coordinate through the Volunteer Coordination Center so that there are no legal complications. Volunteers are to wear jeans or work pants, no shorts, closed-toed shoes and work gloves.

To volunteer, call 417-755-0913 or 417-755-0614. You can also call that number if you need help, although county officials are encouraging those who can safely remove debris from their property themselves to do so.