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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Tornado Disaster Fund

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

New Chair appointed for the Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund.

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund is swinging into action to help those stricken by the August 21st tornado.

The committee has been organized under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program -- or ODRAP -- and it is independent of the Town, its administration and employees.

The committee has chosen local resident Duncan Jewell as its chair-person and will likely be operational for the next 18 months.

It will raise funds to help with disaster relief.

Any monies contributed specifically to the fund will be matched by the government of Ontario, two dollars for one.

Donations that come with conditions attached don't qualify for matching funding.

Contributions will be tax deductible.

The Province covers all of the committee's administrative costs.

The fund has set up its office on the third floor of the Town Hall on West Street in Goderich.

The Goderich and Area Disaster Relief Fund is established to handle compensation claims for those affected by the tornado -- regardless of the extent of damage, or the income of the claimant.

The deadline to apply for money is October 28th -- but your file will remain open to receive additional information beyond that date.

There will be no payments made to anyone before the October 28th deadline.

The committee reviews applications on a "blind" number system, and will be unaware of the identity of any applicant.


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