Tornadoes and flooding in the central United States
Rebuilding in Joplin, Mo. ©Habitat for Humanity/ Ezra Millstein
In April and May, 2011, the central United States was hit by multiple disasters:
- Violent storms and tornadoes across the south and Midwest.
- A devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo.
- Heavy rains and record flooding along the Mississippi River.
Hundreds of people were killed, neighborhoods were flooded and entire communities were destroyed. Thousands were left homeless.
Habitat for Humanity International is supporting local Habitat affiliates in the Midwest and Southeastern regions that are helping families recover from tornado and flood damage.
Highlighted rebuilding efforts:
- ‘You can see hope here’
A series of stories and photos from some of the hardest-hit areas one year after the storm.
- Habitat house showcases recovery partnership in Tuscaloosa (video)
The partnership between FEMA and Habitat For Humanity is helping homeowners in Tuscaloosa, Ala., recover from the April 2011 tornadoes and severe storms.
- Mission Time Well Spent on “Road to Recovery”
HFHI staffers help affiliates rebuild in tornado zones in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Marion County.
- Women Build supports “Ten for Joplin” blitz build
Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program provides 30 women volunteers during a 10-house blitz build in Joplin.
- All-Star Build 2012: Joplin and Tuscaloosa
Major League Baseball, Players Trust and State Farm teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes with families affected by the 2011 tornadoes.
- Habitat World Blog: ‘We will be back’
Matthew Ticknor, financial consultant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans speaks about his experience volunteering in Joplin.
- Recovery Guides
Affiliates who learned from Katrina response help their colleagues in tornadoes’ paths rebuild.
- 2011 Build-A-Thon stories
AmeriCorps members help with clean-up and repairs on Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham homes damaged by tornadoes on April 27.
- Discovery Communications and Habitat for Humanity rebuild tornado-ravaged areas of Alabama
Reed Timmer and Tim Samaras of Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers;” Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet; and the Duggar family of TLC to participate.
- A tornado flattened the Johnson family home, but not their spirit
The story of how a twister led a family to Habitat.
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