The Pennsylvania law firm, which represents injured and disabled workers, sent volunteers to assist with cleanup of badly damaged homes.
PHILADELPHIA (JUNE 17, 2013) — With a desire to help survivors of Oklahoma’s destructive tornados that hit May 19th and 20th, employees of the Pennsylvania law firm Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo recently traveled to one of the hardest hit areas as volunteers of the disaster relief effort. They teamed up with NECHAMA, a voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide.
“Our hearts went out to all of the victims of those devastating storms in Oklahoma,” said Jason Krasno, managing partner of the law firm that was founded by his grandfather, Isadore Krasno. “It was gratifying to have two staff members from our Philadelphia office there to assist with the cleanup of destroyed homes.” The employees were Tim Connolly, a lawyer with the firm’s social security department, and Medical Coordinator and Marketing Director Ben Holroyd.
The path of the tornado that touched down on May 20th measured more than 17 miles long and 1.3 miles wide. Since then, NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster has had staff and volunteers in three cities that received some of the most severe damage: Moore, Newalla, and Shawnee, Oklahoma. One of the most pressing needs for homeowners with little or no insurance is to clear splintered trees and debris from their properties while salvaging personal and household items.
“This cleanup process is often not covered by insurance,” said NECHAMA Program Director Jessica Van Ness. “With the help of Ben, Tim, and our entire crew, we were able to complete an entire demolition of a home that was damaged beyond repair. We also gutted the interior of another home that had sustained water damage from holes in the roof caused by flying debris.”
Over the past two weeks, NECHAMA has led a force of more than 75 volunteers who have contributed more than 1,500 hours of direct cleanup work. The volunteer teams, often working alongside the homeowners, have cleared massive piles of debris and chain-sawed fallen trees at no cost to 18 homes and community spaces.
ABOUT KRASNO, KRASNO & ONWUDINJO
Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo is the only workers’ compensation and social security disability law firm in Pennsylvania with three generations of workers’ compensation attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers and disabled adults and children. Founded in 1936 by the Honorable Isadore Krasno, the law firm has 17 attorneys on staff at nine office locations including Philadelphia, Pottsville, Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Bloomsburg, Lancaster, and Williamsport.
ABOUT NECHAMA – JEWISH RESPONSE TO DISASTER
NECHAMA – Jewish Response to Disaster is a Minnesota-based voluntary organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide. Its mission is to bring comfort to people impacted by natural disasters by equipping and leading volunteers in assisting communities with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.