On the 11th December 2021, as many as 30 tornadoes swept through six US states: Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee. An estimated 89 people lost their lives, with 76 of those coming from Kentucky alone. The tornadoes left a deep trail of destruction, including widespread damage to homes and critical infrastructure.
In the direct aftermath, Airlink quickly coordinated with its 130+ NGO partners to ready airlift for providing immediate needs including mass feeding, muck-and-gut, and home rebuild and repair.
Airlink anticipates to be supporting rebuilding and recovery efforts for the next six to twelve months, and will likely provide over 200 flights for responders and long-term recovery teams.
Airlink has provided flights to Kentucky for responders on behalf of its following NGO partners:
- All Hands and Hearts is providing support to safeguard personal belongings
- Heart to Heart International is providing medical care
- Inspiritus is providing clean water, debris removal, and roof tarping
- IOCC (International Othodox Christian Charities) is providing muck-and-gut and home rebuild, repair services
- IsraAID is providing debris removal and cleanup support
- ITDCR is providing connectivity and charging stations to support response operations
- Operation BBQ is providing hot meals and comfort
- Project:Camp is providing pop-up day camps for children to give them a safe space
- Team Rubicon is providing cleanup support by clearing fallen or hazardous trees and debris to restore access to roadways and homes
- Toolbank USA is providing tools to responding organizations
Thank you to our airline sponsors United Airlines and Southwest for their generous airlift support to help make this mission possible.