calendar April 27, 2010 in Disaster Response

ELCA aids Mississippi tornado victims

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The path of destruction left by Saturday evening’s severe storms in the southern United States begins in Yazoo City, Mississippi, where a massive tornado touched down and traveled for more than 100 miles. Hundreds of homes are estimated to have been destroyed, or heavily damaged, and at least 12 people were killed. Affected communities are now beginning the process of recovery, and Lutheran Disaster Response is playing a vital role in that work.

Sandra Braasch, Lutheran Disaster Response coordinator with Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi, is traveling today into Choctaw County, located northeast of Yazoo City. Braasch serves as president of the Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and in that role, she works closely with partners in various faith-based, secular and governmental disaster response organizations.

Lutheran Disaster Response has issued an emergency grant of $10,000 to Lutheran Episcopal Services for use in these early days of response. Additional funding, and non-financial resources, may be available as the full scale of need becomes more clear. A press release from the ELCA News Service, which details this grant and shares additional information about the unfolding response in Mississippi, can be found here.

Please consider making a gift to support the recovery efforts from this storm, and those that may follow later this spring. To get information on how you can give today, click here.

We lift up in prayer the many people affected by these terrible storms, especially those who lost loved ones, and we ask God to comfort and protect them in the long process of recovery that lies before them.

In service,

Michael Nevergall
Assistant Director, ELCA Domestic Disaster Response


Lutheran Disaster Response
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Phone: 773-380-2748
Fax: 773-380-2493

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