Situation Report Update
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) would like to thank you for the many calls we have received offering prayers, financial gifts or gifts of time and talent in response to the May 20 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
The community is still in the assessment and short-term recovery phase. Currently, only first-responders are permitted to enter affected areas. Members of the PDA National Response Team are working with Indian Nations Presbytery staff during this initial phase as they reach out to the most vulnerable members of their communities, supplying food, temporary housing, and pastoral care. They will also help organize recovery work for the long-term.
NRT members are also assessing possible hosting sites for volunteer work teams. Teams may be needed to help with repair and rebuilding after the immediate phase is over. Contact the PDA Call Center at (866) 732-6121 or by email to register your team’s interest and to be contacted when opportunities are available.
As inclement weather continues battering the country, please keep in prayer all those who, in communities throughout the United States, have suffered the destructive effects of severe weather over the past week. Especially remember those in North Texas where on Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10 tornadoes touched down in several small communities, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless; and Moore, Oklahoma, where dozens of lives were lost and homes, schools and medical facilities destroyed.
Please consider using the Spring Storms 2013 bulletin insert or other resources with your congregation.