Tornado Damage

The recent tornadoes have left a significant impact on Portage and every effort counts as we work to restore the community. We’d like to encourage anyone who is able to support, help or donate in light of this tragedy. Our deepest sympathies go out to all who have been impacted. Here is a list of impactful ways you can contribute to local efforts during this critical time.

Community Resources

Monetary donations can be made to: Community Urgent Relief Fund:
Disaster Relief Fund:
Upcoming Volunteer Events: Outdoor Cleanup on Saturday, 5/11/24. Meet at Oakland Dr. Park around 8-8:30 am. Wear closed-toed shoes and be prepared to get dirty! End time TBD.

Basic Needs

Emergency Shelter – American Red Cross
Kalamazoo First Assembly of God, 5550 Oakland Dr.

Resource Details: Shelter, meals, access to electricity. Efforts being made to accommodate pets. Please bring a crate if possible. Shelter expected to be in place until no longer necessary. Donations of food and personal items can be made to the church.

Contact Information: 1-800-RED CROSS

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

Resource Details: Food pantry serving all of Kalamazoo County

Contact Information: Phone: (269) 343-3663 | Email: | Website:

Sasha Allaer, Life Coach and Professional Organizer

Resource Details: Free coaching for affected individuals

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Support for Animals

Kzoo Cat Cafe – 4221 S Westnedge Ave

Resource Details: Assistance with food/litter. Donations can be dropped off at the cafe

Contact Information: (269) 350-4099

My Best Friends Inn – 10475 N 6th St, Otsego, MI 49078

Resource Details: Temporary boarding for pets displaced by damage

Contact Information: (269) 350-3832 | 

Happy Paws Pet Sitting

Resource Details: Assistance with drop-in visits for feeding cats/dogs, clean litter boxes, change water, let dogs outside. Animal transportation to shelters if needed

Contact Information: (269) 290-5393 | |

Sarah Brinkley

Resource Details: Temporary boarding for chickens that were lost in the storm. 2 x 25 ft pens available

Contact Information: Facebook messenger 

Temporary Storage for Belongings

Midway Storage

24560 Cole Avenue

Two Paws Storage & U-Haul

280 C.R. 665

Wine Country Storage & U-Haul

38656 Red Arrow Hwy

Resource Details: 90 days self-storage with valid ID and proof of address

Contact Information: (269) 532-5322 |

Outdoor Clean-Ups

Bear Sign Company

Resource Details: Helping clear signs and clear debris. Providing storage and damage assessments. Will document damage with photos for insurance adjusters

Contact Information: (616) 455-4220 | | | 

Tailored Landscaping

Resource Details: Volunteer cleanup for outdoor areas

Contact Information:

Wood Tech Hardwood Flooring (Daniel)

Resource Details: Volunteer cleanup for outdoor areas

Contact Information:

Official Resources from Portage Government

Official Michigan Volunteer Registry

Resource Details: Online application, 15-20 minutes, approval required; database is accessed by government officials in cases of natural disasters or state of emergency

Contact Information: