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1999 NCC News Archives

CWS Responds to Hurricane Floyd with Initial $100,000

September 17, 1999, NEW YORK -- Church World Service (CWS) is seeking $100,000 from its member communions to provide emergency materials, perform initial assessments and plan long-term interfaith recovery work following Hurricane Floyd's destructive East Coast path.

Funds will go to CWS clean-up kits, blankets, tents and other material resources as needed. Disaster response consultants will perform assessments and help organize interfaith networks to plan long-term recovery work.

CWS has also been in contact with Habitat for Humanity about working in partnership on housing reconstruction through local interfaith groups in devastated areas.

Initial assessments indicated that among the worst-hit areas were North Carolina and New Jersey, where heavy flooding was common, requiring helicopter rooftop rescues.

At least half the town of Rocky Mount, N.C., was under water and conditions were expected to worsen in areas near the Tar River, which will take at least a week to crest. Also seriously affected was Bound Brook, N.J., where severe flooding from the Raritan River stranded residents on rooftops. Flooding was also reported in and around Philadelphia and in eastern New York.

INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO CONTRIBUTE:

CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, Attn. Fall Storms 1999, #976240, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-297-1516, ext. 222. On-line contributions to: http://www.churchworldservice.org

CWS works in more than 80 countries, including the U.S., in disaster relief, human development and refugee assistance. It is a ministry of the National Council of Churches, whose 35 Protestant and Orthodox member communions have a combined membership of 52 million.

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