On August 10th, 2020 a violent storm called a derecho, unleashed winds over 100 mph in parts of Iowa, devastating communities. Cedar Rapids was among the hardest-hit areas. The storm system, flattened crops, toppled trees, and crumpled grain silos. The New York Times reported as many as 14 million acres of farmland were damaged by the storm.
A week later, hundreds of thousands of people remained without power, and many roads were still impassable.
During our time in Iowa, we worked alongside IOCC, a partner organization in disaster response. There was extensive tree damage in Cedar Rapids, IA and surrounding towns. In the two week time we were in the area, we cleared downed trees at two homes, cleared trees and debris at a Temple and at a local Jewish cemetery.
It was a busy two week assessment in Cedar Rapids, IA. The community and local partners were exceptional, and we look forward to working alongside you again. We want to... Read More
In the disaster response field, the days are often long and challenging, draining the staff and volunteers physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through the people we encounter, homeowners, community leaders, volunteers,... Read More
NECHAMA had a busy weekend in Cedar Rapids, IA, clearing trees, responding to the needs at a local cemetery, and assessing a damaged homes and temple. While we continue to... Read More