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For more information:

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

Woman holding a Bible found amidst tornado rubble

FEMA photo by Jocelyn Augustino

Oklahoma Tornado
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 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.


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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.

PDA Advisory Committee

Oct. 8 - 10, 2014

PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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