Catastrophic Damage in Midwest

Recovering From One of Worst November Tornado Events Ever in U.S.

To our exceptional colleagues, their patients, families and friends in the Midwest recovering from the effects of one of the worst November tornado events in U.S. history, please accept our heartfelt prayers and know that you are in our thoughts.

According to the National Weather Service, a violent storm system of about 65 tornadoes and multiple intense thunderstorms struck Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. The system hit with exceptionally strong winds and heavy rain, killing at least eight people, injuring dozens, destroying homes and buildings, knocking out power throughout the region and disrupting communications.

Most of the severe damage was centered in Illinois, but the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center estimated that during the storm event approximately 53 million people in 10 states were at significant risk for thunderstorms and tornadoes.

The storm’s effects will continue to be felt for months. We encourage you to follow the links below to find out how you can support relief efforts.

Volunteer and Support

  • The American Red Cross has opened 12 shelters in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Access the organization’s Web page for additional information.
  • The Central Illinois chapter of the Red Cross has established a shelter in Washington, Ill.
  • The Salvation Army has mobilized teams in many Midwest states in need of emergency food and shelter.