Tornado victims turn to social media to find lost pets, possessions

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 18:01:19-04

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — Thousands of people in the Miami Valley are still picking up the pieces after Monday's devastating storms, and some of them are turning to social media for help recovering their possessions.

In Beavercreek, a tornado crushed mailboxes and trees, plucked single power lines like twigs and forced some people out of their homes.

Locals have been posting in Facebook groups to help reunite victims of the storm with some of their lost pets and belongings. One post even helped a woman find a quilt — a family heirloom — that was located blocks away from her home.

"Social media is huge," Pastor Chad Keck of First Baptist Church of Kettering-Sugarcreek said. "You know, you just put the word out and people start sharing."

Treshaun Taylor of Dayton is staying at a shelter at the church.

"It's surprising, 'cause it took a tornado for our city to come together as one," he said.

Posting online has worked so well that the church has begun redistributing some of its donations to other temporary shelters, Keck said.

"People just responded from our church, from across the community, around the state," he said.