Kansas City Tornado Response

Heart to Heart International responds after tornadoes touch down in the Kansas City metro.

A massive rain-wrapped tornado touched down to the west of Kansas City, Kansas, on the evening of May 28, hitting just outside of Lawrence and tearing through Pleasant Grove, Bonner Springs and Linwood. The storm downed power lines, uprooted trees, and destroyed homes and other buildings.

Heart to Heart International sent an initial disaster assessment team to the areas affected that night. We then deployed our disaster response team early on Wednesday morning and positioned the Mobile Medical Unit at Linwood Elementary School.

The team provided hygiene kits, tetanus shots, water, medical care and first aid to people in need after the storm and during the clean-up. We also went house to house to administer tetanus shots to anyone who couldn’t make it to the MMU. Generators were also available at the MMU for people to charge their phones since many areas remain without power.

Volunteers gathered at our headquarters in Lenexa, Kansas, to assemble hygiene kits that will be used to restock the kits taken to people affected by the tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest over the last month.

The HHI medical team saw almost 200 patients and administered 175 tetanus vaccines throughout the response. We helped the community organize the donations it received and continue to work with community leaders on plans to rebuild and strengthen the areas affected.