A rare northern Michigan tornado tore through Gaylord Friday, killing at least two people and injuring more than 40 others.
GAYLORD, Mich. — Michigan's 1st District has the strongest, most resilent citizens in America, and recovery will require all of us. Our hearts are with Gaylord as officials report more injuries, massive infrastructure damage, and a second death from Friday's tornado.
A shelter is now open in the E-Church at 1649 E. M-32. Call 1-800-REDCROSS if you are in need of immediate assistance.
OCUW will be be back at E-Free 9 am to 5 pm taking and giving out donations. They have gas cards, grocery gift cards, baby items, hygiene products, food, water, snacks, totes and coolers.
These items can be used for those displaced, crews working, volunteers, and first responders as well.
Medical services and shelter are also available. Their contact is 989-732-2647.
For those looking to offer assistance, please consider donating to the relief fund through the Otsego County Community Foundation at bit.ly/TornadoResponse, or contacting the United Way, Red Cross or Salvation Army.
Michigan State Police are asking people to stay home while they work to secure and stabilize the areas.
Then, once given the all clear, they will coordinate volunteer opportunities and contact those interested.
Follow @mspnorthernmi for important updates.
I urge the State and Federal government to provide adequate resources to heal and rebuild the community after this catastrophic loss.
Initial Statement, 10 p.m. Fri. May 20
My heart is with all Gaylord residents impacted by the destruction tonight as a result of a devastating tornado.
People are asked to avoid the area to give crews room to work, and to shelter in place until morning.
I am visiting soon and my campaign will volunteer any additional assistance we can.
The entire 1st District offers our condolences and sympathies to everyone affected, and we extend our appreciation to the all the extraordinary first responders. Thank you.