Response Updates

Tornado Response in Perryton, Texas

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June 20, 2023 | 4:10 p.m.

Convoy of Hope has distributed more than 110,000 pounds of relief supplies to more than 5,700 people in Perryton, Texas. These supplies are providing relief to those affected by the tornado that swept through the town last week.

Many people are still without power. “Transmission lines supplying the city with electricity have sustained damage and many lower voltage distribution lines are down in the city,” utility officials told the Texas Tribune. 

Lack of consistent electricity limits people’s access to basic necessities. This makes the relief supplies Convoy distributes even more vital to vulnerable people and communities. When a family receives a hygiene kit, baby care kit, food, and water, a burden is lifted off of their shoulders and they can focus on rebuilding their lives. 

Thank you for your continued support as Convoy responds to disasters all over the world — you’re helping relieve burdens for these families.

June 19, 2023 | 1:19 p.m.

Distributions are underway in Perryton, Texas, after a tornado ripped through the area last week. Convoy of Hope is on the ground, distributing hope in the form of food, water, hygiene kits, and more. 

Perryton is a small town close to the border of Oklahoma with a population of just 9,000. In a community like that, losses are felt by everyone. 

Three fatalities have been reported, with more than 100 injuries. At least 200 structures were completely demolished. The governor of Texas has issued a disaster declaration for Perryton. Cleanup efforts are underway, but rebuilding will take time.

June 16, 2023 | 10:04 a.m.

Convoy of Hope is responding in Texas. Last night, a tornado ripped through Perryton, Texas, killing at least three and leaving more than 50 others injured. A mobile home community — which is extremely vulnerable when severe weather strikes — took a direct hit from the storm.

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Photo above: Buildings and vehicles show damage after a tornado struck Perryton, Texas, Thursday, June 15, 2023. (AP Photo/David Erickson)

The tornado was on the ground for approximately eight miles before lifting. In its wake, homes, businesses, and other infrastructures were destroyed. As of this morning, much of the South is without power, including more than 225,000 people in Texas.

Convoy of Hope is preparing a load of relief supplies to send today. Food, water, hygiene kits, and more will be distributed to survivors as they look toward rebuilding their lives.

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