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Response to chemical spill in West Virginia


A foaming agent used in the coal preparation process spilled into the Elk River on Thursday, January 9, 2014, in the central and southwestern parts of West Virginia.  The chemical spill resulted in a state of emergency declaration by the West Virginia governor in a nine county area surrounding Charleston and also led to a presidential emergency declaration.

Approximately 200,000 people in West Virginia are affected and are under an order advising them not to use water for drinking, washing, cooking or bathing; boiling water will not remove the chemical.

PDA Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is responding to a request from the Presbytery of West Virginia with a grant from One Great Hour of Sharing funds and by sending members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) with prior experience of responding to chemical spills. The Presbytery is working with the West Virginia Council of Churches in facilitating communication and relaying needs. Member churches are helping with outreach to the community.

Please keep the communities in West Virgina impacted by this disaster in your prayers.

 

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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.

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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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