|e-Alert ELCA Disaster Response - Hurricane Isaac|
On Aug. 29, 2012, Hurricane Isaac hit the Gulf Coast of the United States, bringing with it multiple days of heavy rain and winds. The storm effects were felt from western Louisiana to than handle of Texas and as far north as Arkansas. There were federal emergency declarations in Louisiana and Mississippi, where thousands of homes have been affected by flash flooding and blowing winds. Alabama, Florida and Arkansas are also in the midst of assessing damages.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall exactly seven years after Hurricane Katrina, which affected the same region of the country. The lessons learned from that disaster response have been extremely useful in preparing for Hurricane Isaac, leading to fewer deaths, injuries and reports of property damage.
ELCA Disaster Response has been in contact with the local affiliates as they begin to assess the situation. This involves connecting with local government agencies that are responding to determine the areas of most need and best investment of resources. It also involves working with the local ELCA synods as they reach out to congregations that may be affected.
ELCA Disaster Response also has trained volunteers on call who are ready to deploy as soon as they are needed. We are working to set up teams of long-term volunteers to respond to the continuing needs over the winter months. As the needs become apparent we will continue working through our network to walk with affected communities as long as we are needed.
What you can do:
As the communities along the Gulf Coast begin the work of recovery, please keep them and those who work on their behalf in prayer.
Prayers, litanies and suggested hymns and songs for use in worship
Your donations to ELCA Disaster Response allow this church to respond quickly and adequately in times of disaster.
To learn more about the situation and the ELCA’s response:
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