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Fund set up to help victims of Revere tornado

A tornado ripped through Revere Monday morning.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

A tornado ripped through Revere Monday morning.

The city of Revere has established a relief fund for those whose homes and other property were damaged in the tornado that struck the area nearly a week ago, Mayor Dan Rizzo said Friday.

Rizzo, along with several others including US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, announced the Revere Tornado Relief Fund, led by former Middlesex district attorney Gerard T. Leone Jr.

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“It’s in its infancy stages, but we’re very fortunate,” said Rizzo in a telephone interview Friday. “We received commitments close to $100,000.”

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Rizzo, who has pledged $1,000 himself, said the money from the fund will go toward helping Revere residents who were uninsured or underinsured and need help repairing their homes or with other needs the city hasn’t identified yet.

“At the end of the day, a lot of people offer assistance, but . . . a lot of times the most practical way people can help is financially,” Rizzo said.

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The mayor said he expects that recipients of aid from the fund will see money quickly.

“This isn’t going to be a case where it’s going to take months to get money in the hands of people who need it,” Rizzo said.

“It’s going to be days, maybe weeks, but not months. It’s going to be sooner rather than later.”

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Details of the criteria that will determine whether an applicant qualifies for aid from the fund are still being determined by Leone, the fund’s administrator, Rizzo said.

Those in need of assistance will soon be able to apply on the fund’s website, reveretornadorelief.org .

Donations can be made online, by mail, or dropped off in person.

Further information is available on the fund’s website.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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