The following is a digest of materials provided by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance regarding our denomination’s response to recent disasters around the country and world. Please consider how you might be able to assist in PDA’s response. To send a check, please designate where you want your gift to go on the memo line and mail to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
Wildfires: With many wildfires blazing, PDA is in communication with all affected presbyteries. National Response Team members are virtually deployed to assist the presbyteries as they assess the situations in their communities and determine how PDA can best assist. They have disbursed several grants to address immediate needs such as feeding programs and emergency housing for displaced residents. Since August, PDA has disbursed more than $30,000 in grants for wildfires and anticipates more. To support PDA’s response to wildfires, designate gifts to DR000165.
Iowa Derecho: On August 10, severe thunderstorms with long track damaging winds (derecho) devastated Iowa, causing widespread power outages for more than 150,000 people for several days. As many as 14 million acres of farmland were also damaged by the storm. PDA is working with the Presbyteries of North Central Iowa, Des Moines, Prospect Hill and East Iowa to respond to this storm. National Response Team members are virtually deployed to assist with the initial response. To support this response, designate gifts to DR000015.
Hurricane Laura: Hurricane Laura, the strong category 4 storm, made landfall in the early hours of August 27th on the coast of Louisiana, about 30 miles from the Texas border, bringing lashing rain and sustained winds of 150 miles per hour. While the storm was downgraded to a category 2 as it moved further inland, hurricane-force winds and widespread damage continued. PDA is working with international partners where Hurricane Laura impacted Haiti and the Dominican Republic, in addition to the affected U.S. presbyteries. Initial response grants have been disbursed to respond to immediate needs. To support our response to Hurricane Laura, designate gifts to DR000194
Lebanon: Relief efforts are under way in Beirut to help the more than 300,000 people displaced by the Aug. 4 port explosion that is now being called among the five strongest blasts in human history. Officials say the force of the explosion was 20% as powerful as the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. The blast caused significant damage to the port of Beirut, which acts as a storehouse for important commodities imported by the government, including wheat and fuel. About 70% of the trade exchange movement between Lebanon and other countries is shipped through there. PDA is supporting the humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of the explosion by processing solidarity grants to partners on the ground in Lebanon. Solidarity grants are used for emergency humanitarian needs, which can include anything from medical supplies, personal protective equipment, shelter, water and more. To support PDA’s response to this disaster, designate gifts to DR000007.