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Support in the Wake of the April 2024 Tornadoes

Assistance & Support

Several lives were lost and more than a hundred people were injured in an outbreak of severe storms over the weekend of April 26 – April 28. Over 130 tornadoes were reported to the National Weather Service (NWS) spanning over five states.

NWS is still working to survey and assess the damage left behind by each storm’s destruction. In the aftermath of the storms, households and businesses were without electricity leaving many in need of shelter and humanitarian assistance. Recovery and rebuilding efforts are currently underway.

The following is a list of funds that have been established in support of those who’ve been impacted by this disaster.

  • The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines – On behalf of Greater Des Moines, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is activating the Disaster Recovery Fund (DRF) as its neighbors in Pleasant Hill recover from the impact of severe storms and tornadoes on the evening of April 26. The DRF was created in partnership with disaster response and philanthropic organizations in Greater Des Moines to develop a collective strategy for charitable giving during times of disaster.
  • Omaha Community Foundation – Donated funds will be used to partner with nonprofits to help individuals, families ,and businesses across Nebraska with immediate and long-term needs. 100% of every donation will support communities in Nebraska impacted by the storms.
  • United Way of the Midlands – 100% of every donation will be directed to nonprofit organizations providing emergency shelter and essential supplies.

Nonprofit Agencies: The following are some of the nonprofit agencies that are on the ground, providing immediate assistance to those who have been affected by the tornadoes.

  • American Red Cross – The Red Cross is playing a critical role helping families and individuals recover through humanitarian aid and clean-up efforts.
  • Convoy of Hope – Convoy of Hope is delivering essential supplies including food, water, totes, tarps, hygiene kits, and more to families hard-hit in Sulphur and Ardmore, Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief – Donated funds will assist families who’ve been impacted by storm damage.
  • Oklahoma Red Cross – The Oklahoma Red Cross is currently running multiple shelters in the state and is in-need of volunteers.
  • Salvation Army – The Salvation Army is actively responding to the tornado outbreaks in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa by providing emotional and spiritual care, meals, and other needed services.
Candace Thompson
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Candace Thompson
Community Philanthropy Officer

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