Response to Tornadoes in 4 Midwest States
On Sunday, April 27, a series of tornadoes cut through the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Iowa, devastating several communities in its path. Architecture for Humanity is tracking the damage left by this event, and our heartfelt thoughts go out to all those affected.
This is only the first of many tornadoes the Midwest will face in the coming months and years to follow. There are also many communities which are still trying to recover from last year’s tornado season.
Architecture for Humanity is committed not only to helping individual communities recover from tornadoes and other disasters, but to creating large-scale resilience against future threats.
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Committed to Midwest Resiliency
Architecture for Humanity already maintains an active program in Oklahoma, as well as projects led by our chapter network, and numerous advocacy events throughout the Midwest designed to draw attention to these critical needs.
In response to tornadoes in Oklahoma in May 2013, we are working with our partners, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Disaster Recovery Support (FEMA’s NDRS) team, the State of Oklahoma’s Office of Emergency Management (OK OEM), and the City of Moore to collaborate in long-term reconstruction efforts throughout the State. Architecture for Humanity will deploy two design fellows to the region this month to work closely with FEMA’s Recovery office in Oklahoma City where they will assist survivors in developing resilient strategies for community planning and home building. They will also offer recovery agencies critical technical expertise in addressing future threats.
Our chapters in this region have also been deeply engaged in disaster preparedness and response. With a grant created through our response efforts to the 2012 tornadoes in Illinois, the Chicago chapter of Architecture for Humanity developed a vision document for a tornado-stricken senior center in the town of Harrisburg. They have also participated in State Level Exercises and community resilience workshops to prepare architects to respond to future disasters, through a joint grant program with the American Institute of Architects.
Earlier this month, Eric Cesal, our Director of Reconstruction and Resilience, spent the day at Kansas University talking to young architects about resilience and architecture’s role in addressing disaster.
We believe that severe weather is a past, present, and future threat to the lives and prosperity of Midwestern communities. We believe that architects can help. Commit to ensure a safer future.