On August 10th, 2020, a straight-line wind storm, known as a derecho, tore across 770 miles of the Midwest impacting Iowa, Illinois, and Ohio with wind speeds in excess of 70 mph including a peak wind speed of 126 mph. While the damage from a derecho is similar to a tornado, instead of a path a mile or two across, the derecho’s path is tens or hundreds of miles wide.
Parts of five Iowa counties were struck by wind gusts estimated at 110 to 140 mph. The derecho’s financial toll exceeds that of nine of this year’s record 10 landfalling U.S. hurricanes and tropical storms. More than 37 million acres of farmland were destroyed or damaged by the derecho, over a third of which were in Iowa. The devastation in Iowa was so vast that it could be seen from satellite images the next morning. In Illinois, the National Weather Service (NWS) also reported 15 tornadoes across the state, 13 of which were in the greater Chicago area.
Good360 is working with the Iowa VOAD and Habitat for Humanity to establish safe efficient warehouse space for the distribution of donated products. GAF has committed to at least 5 truckloads of shingles to help with roof repair and replacement. Good360 and our partners are ready with needed goods for all stages of the recovery process and are prepared to deploy those goods via our trusted nonprofit and response agency partners who are on the ground in the states that were affected by the storm.
If your organization is in need of products for disaster response, please email us so we can determine how to best respond to your needs.
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