The response Heart to Heart International was immediate and continues as the recovery process begins around the Kansas City area. T.J. and Melony from the Life 88.5 morning show visited with Kim Carroll from Heart to Heart International.

What are the needs you’re seeing after your team has been on the ground serving?

For the rest of KC that wants to help what’s the best way to do that?

You can give to help Heart to Heart International reach out to our neighbors all across Kansas City at


The storm clouds have dissipated but for some the trauma of the impact of the storms may be just beginning. Life 88.5 morning show host T.J. and Melony visited with Elizabeth Miranda a Child & Family Therapist and Supervisor at Friends University for their Masters program.

How can we begin to move forward with hope after the impact of storms?

If you have young kids what’s the best way to talk to them about fear?

What way is best to encourage someone who may be dealing with trauma?

Elizabeth Miranda has a list of therapists who are willing to do 6 pro bono sessions for those affected by the storms. You can reach out to her office at 913-295-9800 or by visiting

As of 10:33 pm on 6/7/19

Since the Volunteer Reception center opened there have been an estimated 600 volunteer check-ins that have put in more than 3,000 hours total!

As of 7:21 pm on 6/7/19

Volunteers with chainsaws are needed. June 8-9 at First Church of the Nazarene, 1400 N. 1000 Road. Church has a variety of supplies available.

As of 4:45 pm on 6/6/19

DEBRIS REMOVAL UPDATE! Trees/vegetation may be pushed to area reachable from road right-of-way for pick up until July 3. Construction/demolition debris may be pushed to area near road right-of-way for pick up. Final service date TBD.

As of 1:10 pm on 6/5/19

Douglas County Emergency Management is looking for more volunteers to help with cleanup. The Volunteer Reception Center has been relocated to First Church of the Nazarene located at 1470 N 1000 Road. Emergency management said this is at the edge of the damage path. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sunday June 9. If you are in need of assistance or are wanting to offer assistance or needing storm recovery information you can also call 211 in Douglas County.

As of 5:35 am on 6/5/19

Kansas Red Cross will be at the Peaslee Tech Training Center, 2920 Haskell Ave 12-7 pm. Thursday June 6-Friday June 7 help with financial assistance paperwork for homes destroyed or uninhabitable. Available to owners with or without home insurance.

As of 4:15 pm on 6/4/19

The Volunteer Reception Center is moving to a new location: First Church of the Nazarene, 1470 N. 1000 Rd. The center will be open 8:00 am-7:00 pm June 5-9.

As of 8:30 am on 6/4/19

Douglas County has compiled Q&A information to help those who are recovering from the May 28 tornado and for those who want to provide assistance at

As of 12:18 pm on 6/3/19

Douglas Co. Emergency Management says they are holding off on sending volunteers in the field today & likely tomorrow. Crews are conducting assessments to ID remaining needs & allow Public Works crew room to remove debris.

As of 11:21 am on 6/2/19 

Two woody debris sites are open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Locations: 31st & Haskell along with N1250 & E1500.

As of 3:35 pm on 5/31/19

Volunteers must register daily at the Volunteer Reception Center; 1st United Methodist Church, 867 US 40. Saturday hours are 7:00 am-7:00 pm, Sunday 12:30 pm-7:00 pm.

As of 12:12 pm on 5/31/19

Douglas Co. Emergency Management has opened 2 woody debris disposal sites for those who are clearing tree/brush storm debris.

SE corner of 31st/Haskell in Lawrence
NE corner of N1250 Rd/E1600 Rd.

As of 9:49 am on 5/31/19

Anyone who needs to find a shelter may visit, download the Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-REDCROSS.

As of 5:28 am on 5/31/19

There will be a volunteer Center at the 1st United Methodist Church, 867 Hwy 40. The Center will accept volunteers 18 & older from 9:00 am-7:00 pm. If you signed up to volunteer through 2-1-1, you will need to come to the center first to report & get an access card. Weekend hours will be from 7:00 am-7:00 pm. Wear sturdy shoes and long pants.

As of 7:13 pm on 5/30/19

Area Kansas City Price Choppers are accepting donations in store for the Red Cross to help aim storm victims.

As of 4:34 pm on 5/30/19

City Center Church in Lenexa will serve as a drop off point for supplies for tornado victims. The supplies will be taken to various Fire Stations and mobile support units in the surrounding area. Visit

As of 1:40 pm on 5/30/19

The U-Haul Companies of southern Kansas and northern Kansas are offering 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container usage to residents in and around Kansas City impacted by Tuesday night’s severe weather. Check with your neighborhood U-Haul location.

As of 10:20 am on 5/30/19 

The Basehor-Linwood School District is still collecting gift cards for families affected by the tornadoes. Drop off gift cards at the front office today (5/30) and Friday 5/31) 8 am-3 pm 2008 N. 155th St. Basehor, KS.

As of 9:04 am on 5/30/19

Douglas County residents needing help with storm clean up can call 785-832-5313.

As of 5:50 am on 5/30/19

Heart to Heart International is looking for help to assemble hygiene kits for their disaster response team. Sign up at

As of 5:44 am on 5/30/19

211 of the Great Plains will be coordinating information to coordinate those who need help with storm clean up with those who would like to volunteer.

As of 5:47 pm on 5/29/19

Captain Creek Ranch is offering Free boarding as well as discounted extended stays for families devastated by the storms last night. Call 785-542-1117.

As of 4:35 pm on 5/29/19

For those who would like to volunteer to help dial 2-1-1 and submit your information. Douglas Co. Emergency Management shared that once areas have been deemed safe the location of the Volunteer Reception Center will be shared. PLEASE do not self-deploy to disaster areas.

As of 4:01 pm on 5/29/19

Those wanting to help victims of the Lindwood tornado can donate supplies to Basehor-Linwood High School. The district is taking donations of bottled water, trash bags and cleaning supplies. Leavenworth County Emergency Management and the Red Cross have requested ONLY these specific items at this time.

As of 3:34 pm on 5/29/19

latest report is 160 houses, buildings and other structures in Douglas County have been searched and cleared by emergency personnel. An estimated 40 structures sustained heavy damage.

As of 1:15 pm on 5/29/19

Massie Tree Company is offering help to volunteer their time to anyone affected by the tornado that has limbs or trees posing a safety hazard or preventing access to damaged areas. (785) 764-6428.

As of 1:10 pm on 5/29/19

More than 3,000 in Douglas County are without power. More than 300 crews from Westar Energy are working to fix downed power lines.

As of 11:53 am on 5/29/19

Heart to Heart International will have its mobile medical unit on site at Linwood Elementary School in Leavenworth County for those needing medical assistance from the storm. They will also provide water, hygiene kits and masks.

Douglas Co. Emergency Management is still unable to get necessary equipment through to areas needing assistance because of the general public blocking roadways. Cars parked in the roadway will be ticketed and towed.

As of 9:53 am on 5/29/19

Douglas Co. Emergency Management reminds before you begin debris clean up, consider the last time you had a tetanus booster. If it’s more than 10 years since, get a booster. It’s also recommended that you boil water for at least a minute prior to drinking it.

I-29 north of St. Joseph is closed north of mile marker 57 because of flooding.

As of 7:35 am on 5/29/19

Douglas Co. Sheriff department is asking that people stay away from areas hit by the tornado. Emergency officials are trying to help people and still need time to work.

As of 4:15 am on 5/29/19

The American Red Cross has opened two shelters in Lawrence at
the First Church of the Nazarene 1470 N. 1000 Road,
American Red Cross opened a shelter for those displaced by the tornado. The shelter will be at Bldg 21 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

United Methodist Church Reverend Hollie Tapley: If you are in need of traps placed over storm damage/help with storm debris removal call 904-468-0529. Leave name and contact number and they will respond ASAP.

5 Responses to "Help provide hope after the storm"

  • Johannah says:

    Is there a place to donate gently used clothes to family’s?

    1. tjjackson says:

      Not at this time. The only thing Leavenworth County Emergency Management and the Red Cross have requested are donations of bottled water, trash bags and cleaning supplies.

  • Erika Wilson says:

    How do I get in touch with 211 of Great Plains to volunteer for clean up?

    1. tjjackson says:

      Erika you can call 2-1-1 and they’ll be able to take your information and will let you know when an opportunity comes about.

  • Lori Wuellner says:

    Are there families in need of places to stay?

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