Revere Establishes Tornado Relief Fund

People observe the damage in the back of several houses in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down.
People observe the damage in the back of several houses in Revere, Mass. Monday, July 28, 2014, after a tornado touched down.
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Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo and a host of other federal and local officials will be on hand Friday to formally launch the Revere Tornado Relief Fund.

The fund, created on GoFundMe.com, has a goal of raising $1 million.

According to a statement by Rizzo, regular homeowner’s insurance plans may not cover much of the damage caused by the tornado.

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“Total estimated damage is in the millions of dollars. With the extreme rarity of the tornado in Revere, a vast majority of these costs will likely not be covered by private insurance,” he said. “We have set up this fund so that these residents and business owners are not alone in shouldering the burden of rebuilding their lives and our community.”

There are several ways you can donate to the fund. You can follow this link to donate online, drop off a donation in person at the People’s United Bank at 310 Broadway in Revere, or mail a donation to: Revere Tornado Relief Fund, PO Box 496, Revere, MA 02151.

A tornado ripped through Revere on Monday morning, leaving a swath of destruction along Broadway, the city’s main business district. Of the 65 homes with major damage, 13 are currently uninhabitable, according to the city.

There’s little chance the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide assistance because the damage, while extensive, does not meet the organization’s minimum standards for help.

During a community meeting Wednesday night, several residents expressed gratitude toward city workers, and wanted to know why the state and federal governments were not as involved in the cleanup effort.