Tornado Recovery

Eleven months have passed since the Memorial Day tornado, and the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is set to disband in one month. Since the tornado, the LTRG has:

  • Assisted with ongoing support of 160 cases, satisfactorily closing 152 of them.
  • Continued to assist 8 cases by arranging cleanup that requires temperate weather or have financial unmet needs.
  • Developed relationships with United Way of Madison County (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), Madison County Emergency Management, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and Indiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster), and cooperated in the production of a guide to best practices for community recovery. Relationships developed in these organizations have positioned the local community to best support citizens in future disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Helped secure disaster funding and volunteer service from the Small Business Administration, Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the South Madison Community Foundation, United Way of Madison County (COAD), and many corporate neighbors and church groups.

Plans for a community-wide commemoration and celebration of recovery during May were to include tree plantings and additional volunteer days.

In the spirit of moving forward and with the need to face the new challenges before us, those activities will still take place, but will be undertaken independently and in small household groups as allowed by State of Indiana Executive Order.

Any person still struggling to move forward from damage resulting from the Memorial Day tornado may contact Sue Patton of the South Madison Community Foundation to seek help in connecting to resources at 765-778-8444 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Memorial Day Tornado Recovery Timeline


Spring — Group volunteer projects

May — One year anniversary commemoration


May 27 – Tornados hit Pendleton and South Madison County

May 27 – Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) and Emergency Management Agency (EMA) response teams activated; more than 26 public safety agencies respond to immediate needs

May 29 - 450 volunteers deployed through Volunteer Action Center

June 2- June 8 – Volunteer chaplains trained in emotional first aid; chaplains and community volunteers design and staff “Heart and Soul” outreach during June Jamboree

June 12 – Indiana declaration of disaster (makes disaster loan and grant funding possible)

June 12 - Disaster Intake Forms distributed through Town of Pendleton and Fall Creek Regional Waste

June 25 – COAD response team deactivated

June 26 – Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) formed; initial meeting held

July 1- August 1 – Case management initiated; 159 cases opened

July 11 – Students Serve Volunteer Fair held

July 27- Re-Envision this space: Meditation Garden community outreach       

August 11 – Feeling Better Together emotional support program held at Pendleton Community Library

August 12 — Deadline for SBA Disaster Loan submission for homeowners and renters

September 1 — majority of SBA loan applications processed and either approved or denied

September 19 — Grant awarded to the Friends of the Library and Friends of Falls Park for the “Lending Tree Library”

September 19 — Grant awarded to the Town of Pendleton for the “Urban Forestry Recovery Project”

September 15 — majority of Indiana Disaster Relief Fund (IDRF) packets mailed to anyone denied the SBA loan

October 1 — majority of IDRF grants in progress and unmet needs identified

October 8 — LTRG moves forward with determining manpower, materials and financial resources needed for open cases

October 11 — Nine Star and Wabash Valley Energy had an employee volunteer day and assisted with park and homeowner property cleanup

October 19 — Falls Park Community Day sponsored by Falls Park

October 24- Homeowner assistance grants approved for homes with outstanding unmet needs

December 31 — Open caseload of 13 cases from the 159 intake assessment forms submitted from residents across the community


March 12 — SBA deadline for BUSINESS loans covering working capital

Spring 2020 — Group volunteer projects

May 2020 — One year anniversary commemoration


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