Early the morning of February 29, storms through the Midwest spawned tornadoes killing twelve and destroying more than 200 homes and businesses. On April 4, a cluster of tornadoes struck again in North Texas, damaging over 650 homes and crippling the districts of Arlington and Lancaster.
We are calling on our neighbors and fellow humanitarians to support long-term structural and economic recovery of towns most devastated by this season's violent storms.
Hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed by tornadoes this season in states ranging from Illinois to Texas, displacing citizens and causing severe economic damage to their communities.
Funds will go towards placing a committed architecture professional(s) to provide pro bono design services to the affected communities. We believe thoughtful, inclusive design creates lasting change in communities by bringing safe shelter to areas prone to disaster.
Architecture and design professionals are critical to establishing precedents for best-practices in reconstruction and development post-disasters. We are passionate about openly sharing knowledge and methodologies that can be replicated in responding to the inevitable next storm, producing a ripple effect.
By supporting the long-term reconstruction of the businesses decimated by these tornadoes, we can accelerate the economic recovery of the local communities that depend on them.
Harrisburg's Daily Register article 4/5/12