Congressman Tim Huelskamp issued the following statement regarding the tornado that hit Reading, Kansas on Saturday, May 21.  The storm caused one fatality and several injuries and damaged more than 200 homes and buildings:

“My wife, Angela, and I offer our most heartfelt prayers and thoughts for those affected by the tornado in Reading Saturday night,” Congressman Huelskamp said.  “We extend our thanks to the volunteers who have already come to the aid of those in need, and encourage all Kansans to offer their time or resources in any way they can.  The Sunflower State spirit is ready to assist Reading in rebuilding its community.”

Congressman Huelskamp’s district director will be on hand in Reading today to survey the damage.  Additional information about the recovery efforts – including resources available to Kansans affected by the storm – will be available later on the Congressman’s website.  

Kansans wishing to offer assistance are invited to visit any one of these websites to find organizations seeking monetary assistance, donated goods, and volunteers.


U.S. Senator Pat Roberts released the following statement today after learning of the tornado and extensive damage in Northeast Kansas:

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Reading and all those in Northeast Kansas who have been affected by this devastating storm.  My staff has been in Reading all morning giving me a first-hand assessment of the significant damage.

“My utmost gratitude goes to all the emergency workers who have been tirelessly assisting those in need since the storm struck. It is always humbling to see the good people of our state come together to lend a hand in time of need. As the clean up continues, I will work closely with Governor Brownback to ensure every method of aid possible goes to help the people of these affected areas.”


U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) visitedReadingthis morning to view thetornado damage and visit with local residents affected by the storm.

“I traveled to Reading early this morning to see the damage, and see how I can be of help. Many people are rallying to the cause like you so often see in Kansas – neighbors are coming to the rescue of their neighbors, and folks who don’t even know anyone in Reading are helping out,” Sen. Jerry Moran said. “I’d like to thank the many volunteers and emergency workers from across our state who are helping their fellow Kansans during this trying time. I will continue to work closely with Governor Brownback to make certain local residents get the help they need as they recover.”