Entries by OBR

Moore, Oklahoma (Tornado) / 143,000 Meals over 12 Days

On May 20, 2013, an EF-5 tornado struck Moore, OK, a suburb of Oklahoma City. The tornado was part of a massive weather system that had produced thunderstorms and smaller tornadoes over previous days. The tornado touched down just before 3:00 p.m. CDT, crossing through a heavily populated area of Moore over a 17-mile path […]

West, Texas (Explosion) / 16,000 Meals over 8 Days

On April 17, 2013, a massive explosion and fire occurred at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas. Fifteen people were killed, more than 160 were injured, and more than 150 buildings were destroyed or damaged. Operation BBQ Relief volunteers arrived April 18th, setting up and even serving 500 meals that same […]

Adairsville, Georgia (Tornado) / 5,000 Meals over 3 Days

A team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, Georgia, surveyed the damage caused by a supercell thunderstorm that tracked across northwest Bartow and central Gordon counties from approximately 11:15 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013. The tornado was rated at the high end of EF-3 with an estimated […]

Louisiana and Mississippi / (Hurricane Isaac) / 55,000 Meals over 11 Days

Via Reuters: Hurricane Isaac has caused up to $1 billion in economic losses for offshore energy properties and up to $1.5 billion in insured losses onshore in Louisiana and neighboring states, disaster modeler Eqecat said on Wednesday. Within days, OBR volunteers from neighboring states were on the scene setting up in St. Bernard Parish and […]

Colorado Springs, Colorado (Fire) / 1,700 Meals over 3 Days

The Waldo Canyon Fire was a forest fire that started approximately four miles northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012, and one mile from a western neighborhood. It was declared 100% contained on July 10, 2012, after no smoke plumes were visible on a small portion of the containment line on Blodgett Peak. The […]

Royse City, Texas (Tornado) / 2,500 Meals over 3 Days

Several strong to mostly weak tornadoes touched down near Dallas and Fort Worth and points east. This included an EF-3 in Forney, Texas, which devastated the Diamond Creek subdivision and a school in town. It was estimated on April 5 that over 1100 homes were damaged in the outbreak, including at least 349 that were […]

Dexter, Michigan (Tornado) / 2,300 Meals over 3 Days

The EF-3 tornado left a path seven miles long and nearly half a mile wide. It left large amounts of destruction, but fortunately, there were no deaths or serious injuries attributed to the storm. The tornado hit at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and by 3 p.m. on Friday, OBR volunteers were setting up and […]

Kansas, Illinois, Indiana (Tornado) / 15,500 Meals over 9 Days

Disaster: As many as 17 tornadoes across multiple states Classification: EF-2 Harveyville, KS; EF-4 Harrisburg, IL; EF-4 Marysville, IN Casualties: Harveyville, KS: Eight or nine people injured, 40%-60% of the town destroyed Harrisburg, IL: Six people dead and 100 injured, 250-300 buildings damaged or destroyed Marysville, IN Area:  14 dead, hundreds injured. Nearly every home in Marysville was either […]

Jefferson County, Alabama (Tornado) / 5,700 Meals over 4 Days

The National Weather Service said at least six different tornadoes skipped across central Alabama, causing damage across a wide area. The strongest hit Jefferson County, with winds up to 150 MPH. The first tornado, an EF-2 with 130 MPH winds, left a path of destruction 880 yards wide and 13 miles long, killing one man. […]