Posted by Karl Johnson on Apr 5, 2012
Related program: 2012 US Tornadoes Recovery
On Tuesday, Tornadoes struck again.
While working with local partners in the Midwest on a response for reconstruction in Harrisburg, IL, a cluster of tornadoes simultaneously hit the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, home to over 6 million people. Estimates report that over 650 houses have been damaged and more than 400 structures completely destroyed, yet miraculously there have been few injuries and no fatalities.
Preliminary reports from the National Weather Service demonstrate a record high number of tornadoes this year - 223 tornadoes in the month of March alone, against the previous 3-year average of 73 tornadoes - a disturbing start to a storm season which typically runs through June.
Architecture for Humanity recognizes the need for a coordinated response and is calling for the support of long-term sustainable recovery for communities within Tornado Alley. We are immediately augmenting the Tornado Recovery program to assist in the Dallas - Fort Worth area in areas of further storms this year inflicting damage on those least capable to recover.
Please show your support by donating to the recovery efforts. Funding will be dedicated to placing an architecture professional(s) on the ground to provide pro bono design services.
Please note that while we are expanding the scope of the program, funds raised to date will be dedicated to the recovery of Harrisburg, IL. To that end, we are already in communications with local organizations in Southern Illinois and are discussing a long-term alliance.
We appreciate your continued support in helping us reach our fundraising target.