Grant Provides $15K In Tornado Housing Recovery
April 10, 2017
On February 15, 2016, the town of Century was directly hit by an EF-3 tornado.
Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) and over a dozen partners of the Escambia Long Term Recovery Group have been working to assist survivors in their recovery since that time. BRACE received a Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation grant for $15,101.89 that has been fully expended in the effort to address housing needs.
By utilizing these funds, World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) and United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) were able to repair homes for seven families in Century.
These families are now back in their homes and have resumed their normal daily activities.
“Although much work remains to be done, it is gratifying that these seven families are now back on their feet. This has been made possible through the generosity of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our volunteer partners,” said Greg Strader, executive director of BRACE.
The tornado first touched down southwest of Lambert Bridge Road southwest of McDavid at 3:32 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The first EF-2 intensity damage was on Holland Road where a workshop was destroyed. As it moved into Century, the tornado reach peak intensity with widespread EF-2 damage with isolated EF-3 level damage that destroyed numerous homes.
The tornado continued to track across the state line into Alabama with EF-2 damage on Old Fannie Road east of Flomaton. The tornado continued toward Pollard, AL, where it weakened and lifted at 3:55 p.m.
The EF-3 tornado was on the ground 16.5 miles with a path up to 300 yards wide.
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