1998 NCC News Archives
CWS Responds to "March Madness"
|Who We Are:
CWS works in more than 70 countries, including the U.S., in disaster relief, human development and refugee assistance. It is a ministry of the National Council of Churches, the nations preeminent ecumenical organization which includes 34 Protestant and Orthodox member communions with a combined membership of nearly 52 million.
How to Help:
Contributions may be directed to CHURCH WORLD SERVICE, Attn. 1998 Spring Storms and Floods, #976230, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. Phone pledges or credit card donations: 1-800-762-0968.
|NEW YORK, NY, April 2, 1998 ----
Church World Service (CWS) disaster response consultants are developing a faith-based
response to an unusally concentrated and deadly wave of storms, floods and tornadoes that
have struck communities in the South and Midwest. Since February, more than 100 people
have been killed in storm-related damage in nine southern states.
CWS is seeking $150,000 from its member communions to organize interfaith responses and to support a wide range of recovery efforts underway throughout the United States following "the worst series of spring storms in over 28 years," said Mr. Rick Augsburger, CWS Emergency Response Director. CWS is continuing to concentrate on unmet needs in low-income areas, and also is requesting that congregations assemble "Gifts of the Heart" clean-up and health kits.
"It has already been a very intense spring, and the wide range of this appeal shows that," Mr. Augsburger explained. "Cooperation among faith-based organizations responding to the disasters will be critical. This onslaught of repeated disasters will require tremendous volunteer and financial resources to assist those who are most vulnerable."
CWS appealed for $100,000 following the patch of "March madness" - early spring tornadoes, floods and storms that cut a swath of destruction throughout the Midwest and South, then raised it to $150,000 on April 17 after two more waves of tornadoes and storms in as many weeks hit Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. The single worst incident occurred outside of Birmingham, AL, where 33 people were killed on April 8. Some 500 buildings were damaged in downtown Nashville.
The most serious destruction during the March storms occurred in south-central Minnesota, where four counties were hit by tornadoes March 29. Flooding also has been an ongoing problem this spring in Georgia and was particularly dire in Albany, Ga. in early March, marking the second time the Flint River has inundated the community in the last five years. Most of the flooded homes in 1993 were in low-income areas and few owners were able to maintain flood insurance.
In the CWS response, "we are very proud of the solid work of our volunteer disaster consultants, some of whom have had to juggle multiple disasters at once," Mr. Augsburger said.
A summary of recent CWS activity in the affected regions includes:
Financially CWS has sent:
Levin can be reached at (919)-746-3852 (H), (800)-910-7655 (O), (919)-746-8613 (FAX), e-mail: email@example.com
Moeller can be reached at (704)-433-8142 (H), (704)-439-1914 (Cellular), (888)-300-4425 (Pager), (704)-433-9883 (FAX) e-mail: LDRcfm@vistatech.net
Newell can be reached at (502) 447-7322
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Tegtmeier can be reached at (217)-563-2043 (H), (217)-544-3423 (O), (217)-544-9307 (FAX)
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