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

Severe storms, causing hundreds of tornadoes and major flooding, have been battering the Midwest, southern Plains and the central U.S. for weeks, causing deaths, injuries and widespread destruction. Media attention has been relatively low despite the severe weather affecting several million people across nine states, with Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma facing threats of massive flooding statewide.

To raise awareness about these disasters, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), with generous support from The UPS Foundation, hosted a webinar, “Midwest Disasters: What You Can Do.” The conversation will focused on tracking the disasters and understanding the needs on the ground, while also looking ahead to future needs and how the philanthropic community can support full recovery.

Speakers provided updates on situation in the Midwest and central U.S. and discussed what the most pressing needs will be over the coming weeks and months. CDP Vice President Regine A. Webster moderated the discussion and panelist included:

  • Nancy Beers, Director of the CDP Midwest Early Recovery Fund
  • Phil Lakin, Chief Executive Officer, Tulsa Community Foundation
  • John Pyron, Director of Disaster Services, Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio
  • Dennis Todey, Director of Midwest Climate Hub, USDA-ARS NLAE Ames, IA

The webinar was provided with generous funding from the UPS Foundation and was co-sponsored by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Council on Foundations.

CDP launched the 2019 Midwest Disaster Recovery Fund in response to the needs that will arise following the flooding and tornadoes throughout the Midwest. Details about the fund were provided during the webinar.

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more: