From a Christmas Eve response in Mississippi to several months of traveling up and down the Midwest, 2015 has been a busy year for the Team. Stretching from Illinois to Texas, we’ve responded to 11 communities this year throughout an active tornado season and record-breaking floods in the south. Here’s a look at the year so far, as we transition and prepare for hurricane season.
Historic flooding devastated the once cute and quaint town of Wimberley, TX. Fran Barrington, Wimberley resident and flood survivor, found herself overwhelmed after recently undergoing a double lung transplant. She was rescued from her second story window only to later return to a waterlogged home. By implementing a Ram Nation service project, Fran had more help than she could have imagined to begin her recovery process.
We see it at every disaster, but an empowering sense of community was especially evident in Van, where an EF-3 tornado devastated 30% of the small town. Destruction aside, it was heartwarming to work next to friends, neighbors, and strangers volunteering their time and hard work to help those experiencing these tough times.
We give our best efforts to pre-position for storms. With strategic positioning, we were able to arrive to Fairdale, IL within 4 hours after an EF-4 tornado left 50 miles of destruction. Welcomed by the local volunteer fire department, we worked hand in hand with emergency officials in search and rescue operations.