Midwest Storms – How to Help

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On Sunday, November 17, severe weather produced high winds and dangerous tornadoes across a large portion of the Midwest. Tornadoes were reported in Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. The town of Washington, Illinois suffered severe damage. Damage assessments are still being conducted and at this time, ALAN has no active requests for support. However, we anticipate there will be needs for warehousing and transportation in the near future. To offer logistics support, please click on How to Help, above, or email Kathy Fulton, Interim President and Director of Operations at Kathy@ALANAid.org, or Patrick Rofe, Director of Development and Corporate Relations at Patrick@ALANAid.org.

To ensure the best results for storm victims, please remember:

Connect before you collect: Make sure that there is a need—as well as capacity and a specific recipient—for your donation on the other end. Your good intentions can overburden local supply chains if affected communities are not prepared for the arrival of your goods or services.

Don’t self-deploy: Many families have been displaced by these storms and housing and other services will be directed to support their needs first.

Work through ALAN: We partner with voluntary organizations, communities, and emergency response agencies on the ground to provide an organized response. We will be happy to share your offers of support with our partners to see if they match local needs.

Cash is best: By far, monetary donations are the most useful help you can give. They allow affected communities to purchase exactly what they need, when they need it most; they permit local sourcing of supplies, which stimulates the economy and keeps tax revenues at home; and they help survivors to take control of their own recovery.

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