Responding to Medical Needs After Tornadoes Sweep Southern Plains


Direct Relief is responding to medical needs following severe weather Wednesday night across the Plains in which 51 tornadoes were reported from northern Texas to Nebraska.

One person died and at least a dozen more were injured, reports the Associated Press.

The Emergency Response Team has reached out to 190 partners in six affected states – Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Direct Relief has received one request from Lighthouse Medical Clinic in Moore, Okla. which lost power for more than 12 hours and sustained damage from severe flooding.

The team will continue to stay in touch with partners in the area, ready to assist with requests for aid.

Direct Relief’s partners in the Oklahoma City area are equipped with medical outreach backpacks that were sent earlier this spring to assist health workers and responders in their emergency preparedness and response capabilities.

Meteorologists predict more storms could occur in the area later this week. The team will remain on standby for needs from health center partners.

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