Situation Report Update
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to be present in Moore, Oklahoma, and in other communities experiencing inclement weather across the country — even as the media begins to move on.
According to many reports, the tornado in Moore impacted about 4,000 homes, businesses and non-residential buildings in the area. 1,248 of the buildings were completely destroyed. Communities from across the socioeconomic spectrum were impacted in many ways and will need ongoing support in terms of long term recovery.
PDA is still in the process of assessing hospitality and hosting opportunities for volunteer work teams. You can register your work team’s interest with the PDA National Call Center firstname.lastname@example.org or (866) 732-6121 to be notified when meaningful, case-managed work for volunteers is identified. Your contact information will be taken, and you will receive an email when Volunteer Villages begin opening.
PDA, working in cooperation with Church World Service (CWS), has helped to provide 1,500 Gift of the Heart Hygiene Kits, 300 School Kits, 210 Baby Kits, 185 Emergency Cleanup Buckets and 300 CWS Blankets for distribution to tornado survivors, especially in Moore and Shawnee, Okla.
As the 2013 spring storm season continues and the 2013 hurricane season begins, additional kits are needed to ensure they are available for immediate shipment following the next disaster. Information on how to assemble the kits can be found on the PDA website. Check out some of the stories on how various congregations have been involved in this mission of tangible response.
Please continue to pray for people at risk, those who have lost loved ones and homes, and responders working to save lives and address needs.