Severe weather, deadly tornadoes slam Midwest again

World Vision is connecting with churches in tornado-impacted areas and ready to assist their efforts to aid affected communities.

By Kathryn Reid, World Vision U.S.
Updated March 3, 2012 at 12:00am PST

At least 36 people were killed and hundreds were injured by tornadoes and bands of severe thunderstorms that swept through the U.S. Midwest and South on Friday. World Vision is connecting with churches to support their efforts to assist people in affected communities.

'No match for Mother Nature'

Parts of Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee sustained the worst damage. Local media reports say the twisters wiped out homes, damaged a prison, and tossed around cars.

"We are no match for Mother Nature at her worst," said Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.

Severe weather continues moving northeast from Mississippi, pounding Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois, states that are still cleaning up debris, having taken a beating from storms that hit earlier in the week.

World Vision ready to help churches respond

“It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear of entire communities being wiped out this week,” says Phyllis Freeman, World Vision’s domestic disaster director.

World Vision is prepared to assist churches with items such as:

  • Personal hygiene products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Children’s shoes
  • Clothing
  • Family food kits

Warehouses in Chicago and North Texas will supply the bulk of the supplies.

Freeman says 1,000 pallets of relief and recovery materials in Texas are being readied to deploy by truck.

She notes the humanitarian group is working closely with the National Baptist Association in southern Illinois and with churches in Joplin, Missouri, whom it partnered with during last year’s vicious storms.

Just the beginning

This year’s storms mark the start of the U.S. tornado season.

Last year was the fourth deadliest tornado season on record and one of the busiest years ever for World Vision’s U.S. disaster response, when the organization trucked supplies to Alabama, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, and Virginia. 

What you can do

Pray for families impacted by this disaster. Pray for churches and organizations serving communities in this difficult time.

Make a one-time gift to help us respond to disasters in the United States. Your gift will help position us to quickly respond to disasters such as the recent tornadoes in the Midwest. You can also text “WV” to 20222 to make a $10 donation from your mobile phone.