Damage from EF3 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma, May 26, 2019. (Source: NWSNorman)


Severe storms have been battering the Midwest for weeks, causing death, injuries and destruction across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota. A series of deadly spring storm systems have produced more than 170 tornadoes, high winds, torrential rain, flash flooding and hail.

These storms came in the wake of historic river levels across 41 counties in the Midwest, caused by rapid snow melt combined with heavy spring rain and late season snowfall in March and April. Hundreds of homes were flooded and families were displaced.

Recovery needs from this deadly and destructive spring will likely include restoring livelihood and agricultural losses, rebuilding homes, reschooling children, assisting the elderly and vulnerable populations, as well as emotional and physical support for affected communities.

As with most disasters, cash donations are recommended by disaster experts as they allow for on-the-ground agencies to direct funds to the greatest area of need, support economic recovery and ensure donation management does not detract from disaster recovery needs.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) knows that immediate needs must be met, lives must be saved and vital functions restored. However, the disaster cycle does not end there. Months and years of recovery lie ahead.

Act now to support strategic medium- to long-term recovery efforts that will help restore communities.

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CDP will manage this fund in a similar manner to our CDP Midwest Early Recovery Fund, (the Fund) drawing heavily on our expert team in the Midwest.  The Fund provides communities affected by low-attention disasters valuable recovery resources through a timely and consistent grantmaking process. It also supports those most vulnerable to the impact of a natural disaster so the entire community benefits from a more holistic and robust recovery. The 2019 Midwest Disaster Recovery Fund dollars will be ready to be invested shortly, to ensure recovery begins in a timely manner.

With an emphasis on recovery, you can rest assured that your contribution will allow CDP to:

  • Support vulnerable populations, especially the elderly whose lives and livelihoods will have been devastated.
  • Fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable or scarce.
  • Foster collaborative relationships among donors – including the sharing of information with funders and on-the-ground nonprofit organizations.


For more information on the flooding, please contact:
Nancy Beers
Director, Midwest Early Recovery Fund
(507) 990-5307

To make a donation click here or contact:
Laura Starr
Director of Development
(301) 219-7248