Response Updates

Convoy Responds to Destructive Tornado in Greenfield, Iowa

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Photo above: Workers stand near a home destroyed by a tornado Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Greenfield, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

May 23, 2024 | 1:36 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is en route to Greenfield, Iowa, with relief supplies such as tarps, totes, sports drinks, hygiene kits, cleanup supplies, and food. 

Tuesday, a tornado ripped through the town, killing at least four people, injuring over 35 people, and leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. 

There were 18 tornado warnings across Iowa on Tuesday. Although meteorologists can forecast conditions that are favorable for tornadic activity, they can’t predict tornadoes. For that reason, preparation is the best precautionary measure you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones in case of severe weather. 

Download Convoy’s free Family Preparedness Guide to learn what you can do to better prepare for when disaster strikes.

And when there is a disaster, Convoy of Hope is ready to provide the help and hope people need to get back on their feet.

May 22, 2024 | 2:45 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is responding in Greenfield, Iowa, in the wake of a tornado that ripped through the town yesterday and obliterated homes, trees, cars, and more, completely devastating the small town of 2,000. 

At least one person has been confirmed dead as authorities continue search and rescue operations. Preliminary findings indicate at least an EF-3 rating for the tornado, which means wind speeds up to 165 mph. The tornado was on the ground for more than 40 miles, lifting debris thousands of feet in the air and depositing it several counties over. 

Evidence of the tornado’s destructive power continued just outside of town, where the storm took down several wind turbines — despite wind farms being built to withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, and other powerful winds. 

This year has seen a historically bad tornado season in the United States, with April logging the second-highest number of tornadoes of any April on record. The devastating storms are possible year-round, but peak season lasts until June. Convoy of Hope is ready to respond when and where help is needed. 

To ensure your family is prepared for disaster, download Convoy’s free Family Preparedness Guide.


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