A tornado touched down in Goshen Township on Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed, causing damage to homes, businesses and several township buildings, including the fire station. Now, efforts are underway to help those in need.
The weather service classified the tornado as an EF2, a strong tornado with winds between 111 and 135 MPH.
A state of emergency was declared in the township and thousands in Clermont County remain without power, according to the Duke Energy outage map.
As Goshen Township officials work to assess the damage, there are ways you can help displaced residents get the resources they need.
Here's how you can help
On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers can sign up to help residents clean up their properties, remove debris and do other tasks. Goshen Township will have wood chippers picking up debris curbside.
The Clermont County Emergency Management Agency is collecting a list of available volunteers, who must register with the agency. Any person, group or organization looking to volunteer should call the hotline at 513-735-8500.
Anderson High School is hosting a food drive for Goshen residents. Donate nonperishable food items and water at the school's Forest Road entrance on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 7560 Forest Road, Anderson Township.
The Goshen community is in need after tonight’s severe weather.
Members of our community have reached out that they will be collecting nonperishable food items and water at the Forest Road entrance at AHS from 9-12 on Friday. Please consider a donation.
— Anderson High School (@AndersonRaptors) July 7, 2022
The Plane Street Coffee House and Café is collecting water bottles and nonperishable food items for sack lunches today and Friday. Donated items will be taken to Heartland Christian Church to be distributed to residents on Saturday. 125 West Plane St., Bethel.
Matthew 25: Ministries is delivering humanitarian aid, including personal care items, paper products, cleaning supplies, first aid and more to Goshen residents today. The nonprofit is accepting cash donations and volunteers at its Blue Ash facility, as well as credit card donations online. 11060 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. m25m.org.
From Goshen Township administration: Food/Water donations may be dropped off at Goshen High School. This is also the location of the Red Cross shelter.
— Clermont County (@ClermontCounty) July 7, 2022
Red Cross has opened a shelter at Goshen High School for residents affected by the storm. The organization is providing food, water, oxygen tanks and other resources. Nonperishable foods and water donations can be dropped off at the school, the Goshen Township administration said. 6707 Goshen Road, Goshen.
This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Tornado in Goshen: Here's how you can help