Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) continues to monitor Hurricane Sandy. Last week, PDA reached out to all mid-councils in the projected path of the storm to encourage them to be prepared, and to let them know that PDA is available for an immediate response upon request. The impact and needs will become more clear once the storm makes landfall on the U.S. East coast.
PDA has called members of the National Response Team (NRT) so they may be of service where needed. This includes an NRT member who will serve as a liaison to provide an interface between Presbyterian mid-councils and the American Red Cross. PDA has also been in touch with the Presbyterian Health Education and Welfare Association (PHEWA) to see if some of their members may be available to help with needs after the storm hits.
PDA is also aware that Hurricane Sandy has hit countries in the Caribbean. At least 69 people have died as a result of the storm in these countries, and thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed. Especially hard hit once again is Haiti, where 52 people have died from the storm. Most of the deaths occurred in southern Haiti and in Port-au-Prince, where many Haitians are still living in temporary shelters as a result of the 2010 earthquake.
How you can help
Give. Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR000148. Individuals may give through their local Presbyterian congregation, online, or by mailing a check to Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) P.O. Box 643700 Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700. You can also text PDA to 20222 to donate $10.
- Following storms in the United States, families face the daunting task of beginning to clean up. Find out how to prepare a Gift of the Heart Kit clean up bucket for response to U.S. disasters, or download a bulletin insert to share with your congregation.
- There may be a future need for volunteer work teams. Contact Eden at the PDA Call Center, (866) 732-6121, to register your interest.
Pray. Our best response is prayer.
Holy God, You are our comfort and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos. By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen, sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild, and surround us now with your grace and peace to face the challenges ahead. Grant us the assurance of your presence even in this time of uncertainty, and fill us with the hope of your new creation; through Jesus Christ, our rock and redeemer.