As many have not heard, earlier this week, much of the midwest for 700+ miles from North Dakota to Iowa to Chicago and onward experienced a derecho. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms– it is basically an inland hurricane. Winds reached over 110mph.
Chicago was affected, and there was even a reported tornado that touched down on the Northside of the city. However, Iowa was hit hard. Many are still without power, food, and gas, homes and businesses are severely damaged or destroyed, and cellular services are poor, millions of acres of crops have been lost or damaged– all amid the pandemic.
The news and media are giving this little to no coverage, unlike when hurricanes hit and immediate help and assistance
Information & ways to help:
City of Cedar Rapids Storm Response: Information & Updates
- Shelter & Meals
- Where to find electricity access for medical needs
- Tree & debris removal
- Report Damage
- Public Safety & Curfew
Check out this local Cedar Rapids Iowa Derecho Facebook Group— this is a centralized area that tells where the most need is and how you can help or volunteer.
Places to donate & volunteer:
- Looking for canned food, monetary donation
- HACAP will take food donations and has been hosting drives to hand out food to those in need.
- Volunteer or donate for their meals on wheels program
- United Way of East Central Iowa is looking for volunteers
- Monetary donations to support relief efforts
- Accepting donations for food, shelter and cleanup efforts.
- 100% of proceeds go to relief efforts
- Shirt sales by The Shop Forward will give proceeds to recovery efforts.