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2024 Tornado Resources

Tornado Resources

Adair County is compiling resources related to the tornado on Tuesday, May 21, 2024.

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Volunteers Needed: Large-scale Cleanup Effort Happening In Greenfield Starting July 10 - July 22

The City of Greenfield and the Adair & Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency are holding a large-scale, 12-day volunteer cleanup effort ahead of the city hosting RABRAI later this month. Volunteers of all skill levels are needed between Wed., July 10 and Mon., July 22 to help finish the remaining debris clearing in and around Greenfield after the deadly tornadoes that damaged or destroyed nearly 400 homes and properties on May 21.

The Volunteer Check-In Center is now located at 801 NE 6 th Street - the Greenfield Fire Department’s temporary location – just north of Cardinal Glass on the northern edge in Greenfield. All volunteers can check in starting at 8 a.m. every day, and large volunteer groups are encouraged to call or text the Emergency Operations Center phone at 913-961-4717 before arriving.

July 21 will mark two months since the devastating storms hit Greenfield and parts of rural Adair County. Adair and Guthrie County Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, Jeremy Cooper says, “We believe this large-scale effort will help finalize the remaining debris cleanup so those impacted by the storms can start putting their homes and lives back together as best they can.”

Much of the work will be somewhat physical, and volunteers are encouraged to bring their own safety equipment (work gloves, eye protection, etc.) to help with the efforts.


The city of Greenfield is held an informative community meeting on July 7 at 6:30 in the Nodaway Valley High School Auditorium to discuss the tornado recovery efforts with local community leaders.
To watch the live stream of the event and get more resource information, visit: 

Disaster Recovery Center: Nodaway Valley Elementary

Visit the Disaster Recovery Center to gather information and apply for FEMA assistance. The DRC is located at the Nodaway Valley Elementary School and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday. 

If you think you've been denied assistance, contact FEMA to be sure they have your correct information.
Take any letters received from FEMA to the DRC for additional help.

What to bring when visiting the DRC:
(If you don't have all of these items, FEMA can still help)

  •  Address with ZIP code
  • Condition of your damaged home
  • Basic list of your property damage, losses and needs
  • Insurance policy information, including the policy number
  • Social Security number of one member of the household
  • Phone number where you can be contacted
  • An email address or physical address where you can get mail
  • Bank account information for direct deposit of funds

You can also apply online at, download the FEMA app or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).

FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center is now at the Nodaway Valley Elementary School 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Greenfield residents displaced by the May 21 tornado can now obtain a Tornado Impacted Victim Compliance Permit allowing for temporary housing for two years for trailers, campers, RVs, etc. To get a permit, please visit city hall during regular business hours.

The Greenfield City Council voted unanimously to support this new permit and process at its June 11th regular meeting.

Need clothing, supplies, household items, food?

  • Hygiene items are available at The Gathering Place from 5-6 p.m. Thursdays. 
  • Clothing, towels and bedding are available next to NV Nutrition at 176 Public Square from 4-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Building and cleanup supplies are available at the Greenfield Lumberyard during their normal business hours.
  • Pet food and supplies are available at the Adair County Vet Clinic at 407 SE Noble St. in Greenfield during their normal business hours.
  • Food, car seats, some tools, wheelchairs, canes, shower chairs, walkers are located at the Greenfield United Methodist Church at 108 SW 5th St. Lunch served daily from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. except on Sundays. 

*Please note: This schedule and locations are subject to change.


Additional Updates

  • Please work with volunteer organizations or approved contractors to continue storm debris removal. Emergency crews are no longer picking up and disposing of storm debris and demolition material from the right-of-way. If you need help with debris removal or housing demolition, please contact the volunteer center for assistance. Volunteer crews are still in Adair County working on these projects.
  • Follow these steps for housing demolition: 
    • Contact your insurance company.
    • If you need to have your house demolished, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at 913-961-4717 or use a city-approved licensed contractor.
    • Contact Greenfield Municipal Utilities at 844-580-0810, Option 2. 
    • If your home’s foundation is being removed, call 844-580-0810 to have sewers inspected.
  • FEMA’s Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is at the Nodaway Valley Elementary School. Officials are on site providing one-on-one assistance for people affected by the recent tornado.
    • The DRC will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday 
    • You can also call 800-621-3362 with questions.
    • If you were denied benefits, please contact FEMA or visit the DRC again and take any documentation you received by mail or email with you. You may still qualify for benefits.
  • A city-wide curfew is still in effect for Greenfield. 



Monetary donations can be dropped off at all branches of Union State Bank and First National Bank. You can also make an online donation through the Greater Greenfield Community Foundation's website and add a note indicating your donation is for Tornado Recovery. 

Make an Online Donation  Donation Information


We are no longer accepting physical donations. We are overwhelmed and deeply grateful for the incredible generosity of our community and beyond. Due to the sheer volume of donations received to support those impacted by the recent tornado, we have exceeded the capacity of our current storage facilities.

Severe Weather Storm Shelter

  • In the event of severe weather, the storm shelter is at City Hall. 
  • Enter through the alley door on the southwest corner of the building.


  • All volunteers should check in at 801 NE 6th Street on the northern edge of Greenfield. Please be prepared to show a valid ID. 
  • Larger groups can call 913-961-4717 ahead of time.


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Share Photos & Videos

To submit any photos of the damage you sustained, the tornado itself, or any pictures of the tremendous work that volunteers are doing, please use our Google Form.

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Proclamation of Disaster Emergency

Governor Reynolds has authorized a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for Adair County, activating the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program and Disaster Case Advocacy Program. The Iowa Individual Assistance Program provides up to $5000 to eligible households with incomes up to 200% of the federal poverty level. The Disaster Case Advocacy Program works with individuals to address serious needs related to injury or hardships caused by a disaster.