On Thursday April 9th an EF3 tornado tore through Mena, Arkansas leaving in its wake a 14.5 mile path of destruction damaging over 600 homes and affecting thousands of lives. In response, HODR sent an assessment team to survey the damage and has been in the area since early Sunday morning. After speaking with local officials, other response organizations and touring the affected community, we would like to announce the start of Project Mena. Due to the localized nature of the damage and the overall response from the community and other organizations, we anticipate the duration of this project will be 30 days (ending on approx. May 15, 2009).
We would like to thank the Mena Church of God for opening their doors to HODR, donating space for us to run our operations. At this time the workload consists of tree clearing and general debris removal with occasional work on affected roofs. As the recovery develops we anticipate expanding our programs to match the needs of the community; to keep up to date on project progress please follow our twitter micro-blog for the latest news, and click here to view photos.
We’d love to see you in Mena! For those interested in volunteering please email Tom at info@HODR.org with your planned arrival and departure dates and read the Volunteer Info to know what to expect.
If you can’t make it please consider donating to HODR to support our work – become a Monthly Donor and your monthly gift of any amount will be matched through August by an anonymous donor – or you can donate directly to support our Mena Response Fund!
Bill Driscoll Jr.
US Operations Director