Tornado aftermath damage

How to help: Tornado relief 2021

Updated December 13, 2021

On December 10 and 11, a series of deadly tornadoes hit the central and southern U.S., causing widespread destruction. Parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee all experienced devastation. The death toll is expected to continue to rise in the coming days.  COVID-19 adds an additional risk to recovery efforts.

 As is the case in any disaster, the most vulnerable communities are often most severely affected. The organizations below have deep experience helping the most vulnerable and are active on the ground providing relief or working directly with local partners in affected areas. Many are focusing on providing nourishment, others are focused on providing shelter, health and hygiene supplies and even essential technology access.     

How to help

Currently, critical needs include medical help, food and water and shelter.

Fidelity Charitable has collaborated with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to provide the following list of organizations offering relief and support.

National Response
American Red Cross
TIN: 530196605
Washington, DC
Make a grant recommendation

The American National Red Cross was chartered by Congress in 1905 to play a central role in coordinating and responding to domestic and international disasters.

To recommend a grant to a specific Red Cross chapter, click the drop-down menu for use designation, click “create your own,” and enter in the name of the local chapter.

Community Foundation
Community Foundation of West Kentucky
TIN: 611304905
Paducah, KY
Make a grant recommendation

Please designate your grant to The CFWK Disaster Relief Fund.