August 10, 2020

Midwest Derecho

Help send much needed comfort items and donations to aid in recovery and rebuilding efforts

August 10, 2020 Changed the Midwest

After a powerful Derecho tore through 770 miles of the midwest, residents and businesses are left to rebuild. Through their resilient nature and strong sense of community they will recover. But they need our help!

About the Storm

Did you know a Derecho is a severe storm capable of producing hurricane like conditions inland where there is no water around? Technically it is a widespread, long lived wind storm with sustained high winds.


Without power in IA & IL

112 mph

Wind gusts

770 mile


Join Our Bear Hugger Adopt a Family Program™

One of the most powerful things we can do for people in the aftermath of disaster is let them know we care and they are not alone. That’s what this program is designed to do.

Our Bear Hugger Adopt a Family Program™ allows families to adopt other families in need after a disaster. Many times people want to donate to someone specific, someone they feel like they know, someone they can get specific items for.

Below you can register as a family in need or a family who can help. Please register below to be paired with your Bear Hugger family today.

Disaster Relief Assistance

There are several places to look for disaster relief assistance. In addition to your local government, please check these links.

Find out if you qualify for disaster relief by using the address lookup on  You can also access through the FEMA Mobile App.

Visit FEMA's Individual Disaster Assistance page or read its Help After a Disaster (PDF, Download Adobe Reader) publication.

Call 1-800-621-3362 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585)

To get help in person, find a Disaster Recovery Center near you with the Disaster Recovery Center locator

Find out if you qualify for disaster relief on your federal taxes.

If you have a complaint about disaster relief assistance, contact the Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General’s Office at 1-800-323-8603.

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