Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
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Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responding to several U.S. crises written March 22, 2019 by Presbyterian News Service


(PNS) There was a time, it seems to the Rev. Jim Kirk of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, that specific phenomena were isolated to different parts of the calendar. Spring brought severe storms, tornadoes and flooding, while Western fire season was late summer and fall.


“What we’re finding--and this is anecdotal--is less and less defined disaster seasons,” says Kirk, Associate for National Disaster Response for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). “The parameters have expanded with the possibility of severe weather year-round.” Indeed, as spring has sprung, Kirk and PDA personnel are managing several domestic disasters including:


¨ flooding in the Midwest and late winter severe storms and tornadoes in the Southeast  affecting 70 percent of Nebraska, as well as significant portions of Iowa and Missouri.

¨ PDA personnel are working with the Homestead Presbytery in Central Nebraska and the Presbytery of Des Moines.


PDA responded to storms and a tornado that hit eastern Mississippi and Alabama in late February. Kirk said an initial response grant of $7,500 each had been distributed to the Presbytery of Sheppards and Lapsley and the Presbytery of St. Andrew following PDA National Response Team visits in early March.


Smith says the most effective way Presbyterians can help is contribute to recovery efforts through the One Great Hour of Sharing special offering at their churches or online. A major portion (32%) of that offering goes to the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Kirk says the team met with Presbytery leaders as well as pastors and congregations involved in storm recovery.


“I continue to be amazed at the level at which local Presbyterians become engaged in response,” Kirk says. “They reach out beyond their walls to those impacted.” The work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering. by Rich Copley, Presbyterian News Service


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Last Published: May 25, 2019 6:16 PM
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