January 23, 2012

CWS emergency appeal: 2012 severe storms and tornadoes

Appeal Number 627-T
Appeal Goal: $30,000

Situation:

Over the last 24 hours, widespread storms hit the Middle Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.  Large hail, high straight line winds and tornadoes have been reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.  There are power outages in Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The storm system is still very significant and could bring on more severe weather in the Middle Atlantic states.  In the northwest U.S. severe storms have hit Oregon and Washington.  Some sheltering continues and over 58,000 customers are still without power.  Additionally, communities in the northern U.S. have experienced severe winter weather creating need for blankets and hygiene kits when sheltering is required.

CWS response:

CWS Emergency Response Specialists are in contact with response organizations in impacted states to determine where CWS material goods are needed (Clean Up Buckets, Blankets, and Hygiene Kits, Baby Kits and School Kits).  Response organizations being contacted include FEMA Volunteer Liaisons, State Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters as well as our many faith-based contacts.  In the hardest hit communities CWS will determine if training and grants will be needed for Long Term Recovery.

Budget:

Goal is $30,000.  Funds will be used for processing and shipment of material goods, for Long Term Recovery Group Start-up Grants and for Long Term Recovery Group training.

How to help:

Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts in the U.S. and around the world may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 (Appeal #627-T, 2012 Severe Storms and Tornadoes).

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.