Disaster Response

Presbyterian churches provide pastoral support in midst of chaos in Las Vegas

Las Vegas awoke this morning in a state of shock following last night’s mass shooting that has left nearly 60 dead and as many as 500 people wounded. The shootings occurred during an outdoor music festival. Police say a lone gunman opened fire on the crowd with an automatic weapon from the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel.

PDA issues prayer following Las Vegas massacre

As details continue to emerge about the deadly shooting that took place in Las Vegas last evening, the Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus, director of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, has written a prayer to share with the church.

Presbytery leader in Puerto Rico reports on damage from Hurricane Maria

The Rev. Edwin González-Castillo, Stated Clerk of the San Juan Presbytery in Puerto Rico, says the biggest challenge he is facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is communications. Attempting to reach and coordinate relief efforts across the island has been hampered by downed communication lines outside of San Juan, infrastructure damage due to flooding and ongoing concerns about fuel shortages.

Presbyterian ministries issue statement on 2018 refugee admissions

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) today, in conjunction with the Office of the Stated Clerk, issued a statement regarding reports the Trump Administration is considering reducing refugee admissions to 50,000 in 2018, the lowest level since passage of the Refugee Act of 1980.

Huracán María llega a Puerto Rico

La temporada de huracanes en el Atlántico está siendo fiel a su título mientras que el huracán María hace estragos en Puerto Rico hoy. La tormenta de categoría 4 llegó a tierra esta mañana con vientos de 155 mph, sólo dos mph por debajo de la categoría 5.

Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico

The Atlantic hurricane season is living up to its title as Hurricane Maria wreaks havoc on Puerto Rico today. The Category 4 storm came ashore this morning with winds of 155 mph, just two mph below Category 5 status.

Hope in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

After changing its annual meeting location from Houston to Chicago due to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, members of the Cuba Partners Network found themselves listening to reports from their Cuban friends recounting Hurricane Irma’s slow, spinning assault on their beloved Cuba on Sept. 8.

Florida presbyteries mobilize to help churches and communities after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma may be gone, but the aftermath of its path across Florida is still being felt by residents, businesses and churches. FLAPDAN (Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network) held a conference call with the state’s six presbyteries and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance on Wednesday to get a general assessment of the needs in each area.