MOUNT VERNON — When disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there to provide relief, and Knox County Red Cross volunteers are among the first responders. When the tornados struck Alabama in May, Fredericktown’s Tom Tenney went there to help.
He drove an emergency response vehicle, ERV for short, from Columbus to the Birmingham area, and helped provide and serve meals to those in need. Although based in Birmingham, Tenney’s crew also went to Tuscaloosa and some of the smaller towns north of Birmingham.
“We fed anybody who needed to be fed,” Tenney said. “We went out into the area where the tornado had struck. We were feeding a lot of the workers that were there, the linesmen, home owners and other volunteers.”