In August, a type of severe windstorm called a derecho tore across the Midwest, traveling over 750 miles in 14 hours, spawning multiple tornadoes and leaving severe damage in its wake. In Iowa alone, thousands of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed, 10 million acres of crops were ruined and many were left without power for days on end. A lightning strike and subsequent fire destroyed a South Dakota senior housing facility, 15 tornadoes tore through northern Illinois and many communities in lower Michigan endured torrential rainfall.
Lutheran Disaster Response is actively engaging with the Southeastern Iowa Synod, Western Iowa Synod, Northeastern Iowa Synod and Lutheran Services in Iowa to develop a collaborative approach for response and recovery in Iowa. Lutheran Disaster Response is also communicating regularly with other synods and social ministry organizations across the Midwest to assess damage and assist where needed. We expect immediate needs may include temporary shelter and replacing food lost during the power outages, while long-term recovery may include rebuilding homes and livelihoods, disaster case management and supporting vulnerable populations.
What you can do:
Please pray for the communities that were impacted by these severe storms. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Pray that God will deliver comfort to those who mourn and strength to those who are working diligently to care for affected communities.
Your gifts will support storm survivors. Gifts to “U.S. Severe Storms” will be used in full (100%) to assist those affected by severe storms until the response is complete.
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