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Situation Report - Fall Tornadoes
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to the swath of tornadoes that struck the Midwestern United States on November 17, causing significant damage across 10 states. The National Weather Service has reported more than 80 tornadoes struck the region; states most impacted were Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. There have been six confirmed deaths from the storms, many others injured and in excess of 400 homes completely destroyed.
PDA Associate for National Response, John Robinson, has been in touch with leadership of affected mid-councils. The Presbytery of Lake Michigan reports that Westminster Presbyterian Church of Portage, Michigan, lost its roof, either because of a tornado or wind sheer. The presbytery office is located in the church. The Presbytery of Great Rivers reports needs for the communities of Pekin and East Peoria, Illinois. Assessments of need are continuing in Wabash Valley and other mid-councils. PDA will continue to be conversation with impacted and potentially impacted presbyteries throughout the day and through the week.
Members of the National Response Team (NRT) are en route to help with assessments and to represent the care and concern of Presbyterian brothers and sisters to those in affected communities. One Great Hour of Sharing and designated funds will help with recovery efforts.
How you can help
You can stand in the GAP for disaster survivors and help the church with this response.
Give. Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000015-Fall Tornadoes. Individuals may give through your local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.
Act. Like us on facebook (PDAcares) and share updates with your congregation and others.
Pray. Please pray that through the response of the faith community, the people and communities impacted by the fall tornadoes and storms and those offering assistance will have their needs met and be reminded of the faithful hope that is found in Christ.