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"This disaster occurred so quickly and affected so many families who had no way of covering themselves," said Stephanie Bryan, CEO and President of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, ABC News. "We live in a region prone to tornadoes and other natural disasters. So it's a tragedy in many ways around here. "
Bryan said Lee County coroner Bill Harris had sought financial help from the tribe in the aftermath of the tornadoes. Beauregard, a small town in Lee County, was torn by two tornadoes on March 3rd.
Initially, the tribe had agreed to donate $ 50,000, but Harris said it was not enough, Harris told ABC News.
"[The tribe] "Tell us what it would take to cover all this," Harris told ABC News. [$184,000] and they said: "Well." "
Tornado Damage in Beauregard, Alaska, March 4, 2019.
"I can not thank them enough," added Harris. "They really took the lead on this one."
Bryan said it was not the first time that the tribe was providing emergency assistance to a neighboring community following a natural disaster, but that it was the biggest donation that the tribe did to a country under his direction.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only Native American tribe recognized by the federal government in Alabama. The tribe has nearly 3,000 members, according to Bryan.
According to the authorities, the two tornadoes devastated a Beauregard area of about one square kilometer. The storm has caused the largest number of tornado deaths in the United States since 2013, with 23 people dying from the first tornado, according to the National Weather Service. At least three children – aged 6, 9 and 10 – were among the victims.
One of these victims was Taylor Thornton, a 10-year-old girl visiting her best friend when the storm hit. Thornton's funeral was held on March 8th.
On the same day, President Donald Trump traveled to Alabama to examine the damage caused by the tornado. The residents of Beauregard hope that the president's visit will bring more resources to the region. However, Harris also said that there had been many other generous donors in addition to the Poarch Creek Indians.