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September Focus on Preparedness, Resilience


As summer slips away and we begin turning our attention to the fall, we are still thinking about the 10-year anniversary of Katrina. Like many of you, our emotions are mixed. We admire those who have rebuilt their lives and … Continued

Robert G. Ottenhoff, President and CEO

The Midwest Early Recovery Fund in Action!


On March 25, 2015, a powerful EF-2 tornado ripped through several counties in NE Oklahoma, damaging more than 300 homes, killing one person and injuring dozens of others. Although there was tremendous damage to lives and property, this was by … Continued

L to R: Dee Meeks, Disaster Outreach/Long Term Solutions Specialist, Rhondda Buthod, Volunteer Food Pantry

Supervisor, Larry Mullins, Client Services Manager, Ticia Massey, Volunteer, Valerie Thomas, Executive

Director. Not Pictured: Lisa Massey, Office Manager, Charlye Miller, Volunteer Donation Supervisor

Ten Years Later: CDP Advisory Council Reflects on Katrina


Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, becoming one of the worst natural disasters in American history. We asked members of the CDP Advisory Council about their memories of Katrina’s landfall, the long recovery … Continued

A photo of Hurricane Katrina just prior to landfall (photo courtesy of NASA).