The Midwest Region

CDP’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund provides grants and technical assistance in this 10-state region and the Native nations within it.

Mónica Segura-Schwartz (left) and Candy Freeman at the Melrose Food Shelf. Photo credit: John Linn

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund works in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. The region also includes 77 sovereign tribal nations. With 20% of the landmass and only 10% of the U.S. population, it is a region with hundreds of small and rural communities.

The natural and built environment and the hazards and vulnerabilities of this region lead to significant post-disaster event needs with few financial resources or attention. Low-attention disasters are the norm in the Midwest. Without national news coverage, recovery resources are scarce. Federal and state dollars are rarely allocated to address the needs of those most vulnerable to the impact of flooding, fires, tornadoes or severe storms.

State profiles

Each state and tribal nation is unique in their approach to disaster response and recovery. State Profile Reports are designed to provide accurate, timely, state-level information about the conditions in each of the 10 states covered by the Midwest Early Recovery Fund. These reports are updated annually and include data covering a number of categories that are relevant to state preparedness, vulnerability, and capacity for disaster recovery and response.

Investing in Communities

We intentionally seek out disaster-affected communities that few others notice, let alone invest their time, effort, energy or financial resources in.