Organization relief efforts began as early as dawn of June 26. Although 100 individuals had originally been identified to organize these efforts, it became apparent that the large group would become unwieldy, so a smaller group of fourteen individual were chosen - seven from the original group and seven chosen by Governor Walsh. This committee designated additional individuals to deal with relief applications, relief complaints, transportation, insurance, housing, food, furniture, clothing, and further investigation of needs; all of these individuals collectively became known as the Rehabilitation Committee. Originally, relief efforts started in the Armory but were eventually moved to the Now and Then Hall on Essex Street. As noted in the Salem Observer of June 27, relief workers came from many sections of the country, many of whom had experience assisting those in need.
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Disaster assistance; Disaster relief - Management; Essex Street (Salem, Mass.); Now and Then Hall (Salem, Mass.)
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