Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) Sets Up Emergency Fund for December Tornado Victims in the US
On December 10th and 11th, 2021, at least 30 tornado outbreaks were recorded in nine states in the Midwest and Southeast in the United States, including Kentucky, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. This tornado damage was the worst occurring in December in U.S. history, and nearly 100 people lost their lives, mainly in Kentucky. (*As of December 17, 2021, according to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy)
The Peace Boat Disaster Relief (PBV) has set up an emergency relief fund to support the local organizations to rebuild the communities affected by the tornadoes. From our experience in disaster responses in Japan and abroad, we know that the journey to full recovery will be long. The donations raised will be used to support relief efforts in the affected areas through the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
(CDP), a non-profit organization in the United States. CDP supports emergency relief and recovery efforts in response to disasters and humanitarian crises. In addition to the emergency assistance, CDP provides mid- to long-term support to communities on the long road to recovery and reconstruction.
In response to the tornadoes, CDP is working with the local authorities, partner organizations, and disaster relief networks in the U.S. to quickly collect and disseminate information about the damage, and has also launched an emergency relief fund to provide support to humanitarian aid organizations working in the region.
When Typhoons Faxai and Hagibis struck Japan in 2019, PBV received a generous grant from the CDP to carry out activities to rebuild local communities in southern Chiba Prefecture and Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. CDP’s generous support enabled us to carry out effective long-term support and many positive impacts to the communities in need.
In response to the recent devastating tornadoes in the U.S., PBV has been in touch with the CDP and launched an emergency relief fund to support the local efforts for recovery through them.
Disasters make us both victims and supporters. We seek your cooperation so that we can support each other with the spirit of solidarity beyond the borders. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. PBV offers various methods of donations, including a workplace giving platform, Benevity.
*Photos: Damage in Mayfield, Kentucky on Dec. 11, 2021 after a tornado ripped through the area. (Photo credit: State Senator Whitney Westerfield via Twitter)