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Disaster Date:12/10/2021

Dawson Springs, KY


What Happened

From December 10-11, 2021, a major tornado outbreak occurred in Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This outbreak is the deadliest on record in December, with 89 deaths and at least 55 injuries. Up to 75% of Dawson Springs was destroyed by the ER4 tornado. At least 19 people died as a result

Volunteer in Dawson Springs, KY

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be building new homes.


Dawson Springs is located in southwestern Hopkins County in western Kentucky. The town has a population of about 2,400 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and cool in the winter. Over 27% of the population is below the poverty line. From the late 1800s to the 1930s, Dawson Springs was well known as a spa and resort town. Today, Dawson Springs is still popular as a tourist destination because of the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park and nearby lakes and hiking trails.