IAFF Affiliates Respond After Midwest Tornado Outbreak
November 18, 2013 – After as many as 81 tornado sightings were reported November 17 in the Midwest, IAFF members from Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Ohio responded to storm-related calls for help.
IAFF 8th District Vice President Paul Hufnagel and IAFF 2nd District Vice President Mark Woolbright have reached out to locals in the path of the tornadoes – which killed six people and flattened hundreds of homes – to assess members’ needs for disaster relief assistance.
The hardest hit area is in Washington County, Illinois, located halfway between Chicago and St. Louis.
Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn has declared seven counties disaster areas: Champaign, Grundy, LaSalle, Massac, Tazewell, Washington and Woodford counties.
IAFF Disaster Relief Funds are available to IAFF members suffering a catastrophic loss with resulting financial hardship following a federally declared disaster – including floods, hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. Members are only eligible for assistance if displaced from their home because of the disaster. The maximum disbursement is $500 for any single disaster occurrence. For more information or to apply, click here.