MOARC's Alcorn Survives Missouri Twister
Linda Alcorn, co-executive director of the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC), was among the thousands of Missouri residents whose property was destroyed during the latest round of tornadoes to strike the region.
Alcorn, her husband, Norman, and their Sedalia, Mo., campground, Countryside Senior RV Park, were untouched by the storm, which came within a quarter mile of their park. But their diesel engine repair business two blocks north of the park was largely destroyed, according to a news release.
“Our 14-bay shop and parts department was ripped apart,” Linda Alcorn said, adding that the business will have to be rebuilt from the ground up. She estimates losses at roughly $500,000.
While the Alcorns suffered serious financial losses, their colleagues in the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) were primarily concerned about their safety and were relieved when ARVC Government Affairs and Membership Director Jeff Sims drove to Sedalia to check on them and found that they had survived the storm.
"We in the ARVC family were especially concerned for Norman and Linda Alcorn, and very proud of Jeff Sims, who dropped everything he was doing and drove to personally assist any way he could,” said ARVC President and CEO Paul Bambei. “While the tornado did not hit the Alcorns’ park, many businesses along South 65 have devastating damage. But we happy to report there was no loss of life and very few injuries.”
Bambei said ARVC will continue to monitor storm related developments in Missouri and throughout the Midwest as well as regions hit by recent floods. “For anyone interested,” Bambei said, “the ARVC Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund was established for this very purpose and all contributions, past, present and future, are extremely appreciated. You can contact Barb Youmans in the ARVC office, or Jay Sporl as head of the Disaster Relief Fund, to learn more."
Based in Denver, Colo., ARVC is the voice of the outdoor hospitality industry. To learn more about the association, visit www.arvc.org.
Linda Alcorn is co-executive director of the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds along with Ed Hitzeman. More information about the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds is available at www.CampInMissouri.com.