Situation Report — Southern United States spring storms April 18, 2011
Multiple natural disasters have struck the United States over the past few months. Disasters that Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been responding to or monitoring include flooding in North Carolina, Tennessee and the Upper Midwest; tornadoes in Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin; and wildfires in west Texas.
Over the April 14-16 Palm Sunday weekend, a massive storm system spawning more than 220 tornadoes rolled through ten southern states, leaving at least 45 people dead. Virginia and North Carolina have sustained the most severe damage and the most deaths resulting from the storms, with 21 people confirmed dead and countless families displaced.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in touch with the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina and New Hope Presbytery in North Carolina and the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia to offer One Great Hour of Sharing funds. National Response Team (NRT) members have been invited and deployed to New Hope Presbytery. Additional NRT members will be arriving this week and next to provide spiritual care and to help assess damages and needs in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina and the Presbytery of Eastern Virginia.
What you can do
You can help the church in this response and stand in the GAP for those affected by this disaster.
GIVE. The generous sharing of your financial blessings through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering and special designated giving provides resources needed to assist with immediate emergency needs, long-term and unmet needs, and spiritual/emotional counseling.
Individuals may give by phone at (800) 872-3283, through your congregation, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. Please include DR000148 on your check to support relief efforts wherever disasters occur, or DR000015 to support response to recent storms and other disasters in the United States.
You may also give online at www.pcusa.org/pda.
Congregations should send donations through their normal mission giving channels.
ACT. CLEAN UP BUCKETS are needed. Please consider assembling buckets to assist our neighbors as they clean up from storms and other disasters in the United States. The Maryland location especially needs the buckets at this time, and for those who live in the northeast, there are additional drop-off locations in the states of CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, and VA.
PRAY. Please pray for those displaced by the storms, those who lost loved ones, and those who will work to offer spiritual and emotional care or help with restoration efforts. Pray that the light of God’s love and the power of hope that is found in Christ will be evident.