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Flooding in the Midwest: How You Can Help

Here’s how you could help the dozens of towns in the Midwest reeling from recent floods and storms

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Record-breaking floods continue to sweep through Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, wreaking havoc on neighborhoods, farms, and small towns, USA Today reports. This just weeks after the region was hit with heavy snow.

The toll has been heavy, with destroyed farmland, machinery and livestock across the states. Thousands of families, forced to evacuate their towns, are returning to find their homes, businesses and roads still underwater. The New York Times is reporting, “three people have died and two Nebraska men have been missing since flooding began.”

The damage, which has not been assessed yet, is expected to hit the billion dollar mark, officials said, and many of those impacted are going to need all the support they can get. Here is a list of local and national organizations bringing their resources together to help flood victims in the Midwest.

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army compiled a list of all the site and community centers in Kansas and Missouri providing emergency and disaster relief.

Mills County Foundation
This local foundation based in Mills County, Iowa partnered with the Omaha Community Foundation to support flood victims through the Mills County Flood Fund. The fund is being facilitated by the Mills County Public Health agency, according to KMTV 3 News Now, and is available to the entire Mills County. The Omaha Community Foundation also created a resource page with a list of organizations in the Omaha region collecting donations and providing assistance to flood victims.

United Way of the Midlands
The Omaha-Council Bluff based organization set up a flood relief fund to support other local organizations giving emergency shelter, food and other services to flood victims in Nebraska and Iowa. 

Nebraska Farm Bureau
Donors can support the Disaster Relief Fund at the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, which is providing emergency aid to farmers, ranchers and the rural communities in Nebraska devastated with the flooding.

Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is asking for donations and working closely with churches, community partners and other emergency management offices throughout the Midwest to distribute disaster relief supplies.  The organization’s Disaster Services team has distributed nearly 300,000 pounds of supplies—including bottled waters—to communities across the Midwest, according to the Convoy of Hope’s website.

As always, be diligent in your research of any charities asking for donations following natural disasters. When in doubt, consult watchdog agencies like Charity Navigator or Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance

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