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Pamela Burdine
(800) 728-7228, x5839
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Louisville, KY 40202

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Superstorm Sandy 

Situation Reports


Superstorm Sandy One Year Later - read how your gifts have made an impact during the first year of response; learn how local Presbyterian congregations are at work.

Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church is serving as a PDA Volunteer Village in New Jersey.  Watch a video that shares about the response in their community.

Wear your blue PDA t-shirt Sunday, February 17th, the first Sunday in Lent

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to support Superstorm Sandy survivors not only with needs from the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but is also looking towards the long road to recovery – January 2013

Hurricane Sandy in Cuba and Haiti – December 18, 2012

"Post Hurricane Sandy: The Body of Christ," by Marie Zupka-Ludder, of the Presbytery of Long Island.  Read how the Body of Christ worked together to share the hope of Christ in the days following the superstorm, including how several local congregations offered assistance and compassion in their communities.

PDA continues to respond to Superstorm Sandy – November 9, 2012

List of churches damaged by Superstorm Sandy – November 12, 2012

"Hurricane Sandy no Halloween treat - First word to describe the storm’s damage: ‘Historic’" – Presbyterian News Service story by Jim Nedelka, October 31, 2012

On All Saints Day, remember those affected by Superstorm Sandy – October 30, 2012

Radar image of Sandy

Continuing to monitor Superstorm Sandy, which struck in the Caribbean and is heading for the East Coast of the United States – October 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy initial report – October 26, 2012


Resources

Video - PDA in New York  
The Presbytery of New York City and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance are working together to facilitate the hosting of volunteer work teams in New York in response to Superstorm Sandy.

Video - God Can Use You
Volunteers are needed in response to Superstorm Sandy and other disasters in the United States.

Video - Pt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church serves as a volunteer hosting site in response to Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey.

Sandy response: Bulletin Insert (color)

Sandy response: Bulletin Insert (black and white)

Call to Prayer by church leaders as Superstorm Sandy continues to rage

Sharing the story – where do you see God at work in the storm’s aftermath?

Gift of the Heart Kit Cleanup Bucket - bulletin insert with instructions to prepare a bucket for response to U.S. disasters. 

When Waters Roar and Foam, a hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette 

We See the Waters, hymn related to floods and storms by Clay Gunter

Service of pastoral care for those who have lost a home to earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster (adapt for specific needs and local circumstances.)

Prayers in Times of Trouble and Disaster, prepared by the PC(USA) Office of Theology and Worship

The PDA Call Center has information about current opportunities for volunteer work teams around the nation. Find information online or call (866) 732-6121.


How to Help

Give. Provide financial support to aid in recovery efforts. You can give $10 now by texting PDA to 20222; mail your gift referencing DR000187 to P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA  15264-3700; or give by credit card by calling PresbyTel at (800) 872-3283.

Act. Make "Gift of the Heart" kits - clean up buckets, baby kits, hygiene kits and school kits. More than 18,000 kits have already been sent.

Organize volunteer teams. There will be tremendous need for volunteer teams to help in the clean-up and recovery efforts — that will span multiple states — including many communities still recovering from Hurricanes Irene and Lee.  Contact the PDA National Call Center at 866-732-6121 to let us know of your team's interest, skill level and future availability. We can then contact you when volunteer opportunities are identified.

Pray. Pray for families who lost homes and loved ones. Pray as they face power loss and other challenges brought on by further inclement weather. Pray for those seeking to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. Pray that the hope of Christ will be evident in our response.


Helpful Links

Presbyterian News Service and Other Stories

Presbyteries affected by Superstorm Sandy

New Jersey

New York

PresbyTel answers your questions about the PC(USA). Call (800) 872-3283 to talk to a PresbyTel consultant.

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Upcoming Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Events

PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

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PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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