ANDOVER, Kan. (KSNW) – After the city of Andover was struck by an EF-3 tornado on Friday, April 29, many throughout Sedgwick County and Butler County wanted to know how they could help.

In the beginning, officials asked for potential volunteers to standby as they performed search and rescue. On Sunday, May 1, the City of Andover announced they were ready for help.

The next day, hundreds of volunteers were lined up at the Andover United Methodist Church, ready to help, some having waited over an hour to sign-up. Organizers say that over 200 people signed up to volunteer.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering, can head to the church located at 1429 N. Andover Road, to signup and get their assignment.

Every day the City will reassess the day’s efforts and announce to the public on their Facebook page if they plan to do another volunteer day. They ask potential volunteers to please check the page before heading to the church.

The City does have a few requirements for volunteers:

  • Ages 10 and up can volunteer
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • You must check-in and out to your assignment

You can also help by making a cash donation to the United Way of the Plains tornado relief efforts. You can do so by clicking here, texting “teamwork” to 41444 to give on the go from your phone, or mailing a check, payable to United Way of the Plains with “Disaster Relief Fund” in the memo, to 245 N. Water St., Wichita, KS 67202. Corporate donations can be arranged with Anne Chandler, Vice President of Philanthropy. Contact her at achandler@unitedwayplains.org or (316) 267-1321 ext. 4213.

The City of Andover reminds those who wish to donate to “Please be mindful of this and make sure you verify before donating. The best way is to donate through the United Way.”