United Way’s partner agency, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham, has been at the sites of last Thursday’s tornado installing tarps to help cover damaged residential roofs.
Habitat staff and volunteers made use of tarps that were given to the agency by United Way following the tornado outbreak in 2011.
“Since the 2011 tornadoes, we’ve been able to keep these tarps stored in our warehouse so that they’re available at a moment’s notice,” said Cassie Brooks, vice president for development for Habitat for Humanity. “It’s important that these damaged structures are covered as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. It’s really been helpful and has saved repair costs.”
As of Saturday, 27 damaged buildings in the Fairfield and Ensley neighborhoods have been covered by the tarps. The agency is also helping with debris clean up and minor repairs on some homes. The work will resume today in more neighborhoods and volunteers are needed. You can call 780-1234 for more project information.