Every Community is Unique
Disaster Recovery is unique to each community because of who they are as well as the disaster that affects them. Our team’s diverse backgrounds allow us to understand the cities and the small towns no matter what the landscape. Because of this we understand that no two disasters are alike and each community’s recovery is as unique as the community. Here is a snapshot of our journeys.
Average Number of Residents Prior to Disaster: 53,000
Terrain: Midwest plains/Ozark Mountains nearby
Character of Community:
Hardworking, blue-collar families, manufacturing, service industry, trucking.
Other Recent Disasters Experienced: 2003 Tornado
Number of Homes Lost: 7,200
Number Damaged: 1,000
Number of injuries: 1,500 (many more did not seek treatment)
Number of lives lost: 162 killed in the tornado, another 18 deaths verified as tornado related suicides
Number of Businesses impacted: 800 destroyed, hundreds more impacted
Average Number of Residents Post Disaster: 53,000
Number of homes replaced during recovery:
Long-term Recovery Committee and partners–220
Number of homes repaired during recovery: Long-term Recovery Committee and partners–2075
Type of Declaration: FEMA Major Disaster Declaration
When our disaster hit, our community came together and vowed that we would not just back to status quo–we wanted to improve. We have kept that vow and have grown, have continued our collaborations, and are stronger than ever. We also believe in the importance of celebrating every step of the way in the recovery process!
- Early confusion regarding roles–who was responsible for what?
- Disaster Case Management funding came 10 months after the declaration.
- Multiple groups coming to town wanting to help but overloading our system making collaboration often difficult.
2007, EF5 Tornado
Average Number of Residents Prior to Disaster: 1,400
Character of the Community:
Agriculture, family friendly, faith-based, pioneers
Number of Homes Lost: 961
Number Damaged: 172
Number of injuries: Unavailable
Number of Businesses Impacted: 134
Type of Declaration: FEMA Major Disaster Declaration (PA and IA)
Average Number of Residents After Disaster: 800
Affordable housing options, repairing all the infrastructures affected, and involvement that treated the situation as experimental.
Average Number of Residents Prior to Disaster: 287
Terrain: Foothills of the Rocky Mountains
Character of the Community:
Unique, artistic, intelligent, tight-knit, professionals, educators, artists, and contractors
Number of Homes Lost: 18
Number Damaged: 45
Number of injuries: 1
Number of lives lost: 1
Number of Businesses Impacted: 9 (filed for loans)
Type of Declaration: FEMA Declaration
Number of homes replaced during recovery: 9
Number of homes repaired during recovery: 45
Average Number of Residents After Disaster: 255
Follow-up: Community morale continues to weather the changes necessary for recovery and the number of young families seems to have increased. The pioneering spirit remains strong!