STATUSCrisis Alert DATEMarch 14, 2019 REGIONU.S Midwest

Bomb Cyclone Winter Storm

Historic Flooding in Midwest

Americares is responding to an intense winter storm known as a bomb cyclone that dumped snow and heavy rain on the central United States, stranding travelers, leaving tens of thousands without electricity. The storm has done widespread damage in the Plains region with hurricane force winds, tornadoes and record flooding.

A bomb cyclone occurs when there is a rapid pressure drop, with a decrease of at least 24 millibars -- a measure of atmospheric pressure -- over 24 hours. This storm dropped 33 millibars in less than a day.  To date, the historic flooding has caused four deaths and displaced more than 2,000 people. Major flood damage to farms in the region has been reported, particularly in Nebraska.  Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin have declared states of emergency in severely flooded areas.  

In response to the ongoing flooding, Americares is sending 7 shipments of tetanus vaccine, hygiene kits and first aid supplies to 4 Public Health Departments, which serve a total of 25 counties throughout Nebraska.  Americares Emergency Response team is in active communication with local and national response partners and will continue to respond to unmet health needs as they are identified.