July 31, 2009
Volusia County residents are once again cleaning up after a natural disaster. United Church of Christ disaster response coordinator in the Florida Conference, Stephanie San German, sent the following report...
...on the latest weather related disaster in Florida. As long term needs are identified, the UCC will work with local partners on the ground to assist with repairing damaged homes. When there is need for volunteer work groups to help with this work, information will be posted on the UCC web site. Funds to assist with relief efforts and long term recovery should be sent to the OGHS special fund Emergency USA; or, you may donate on line (see below for information).
Report from UCC Florida Conference:
Only a month and a half after the severe Daytona Beach/Holly Hill floods, on Friday evening, July 24 a tornado touched down in Port Orange, Volusia County. The National Weather Service determined the damage path to extend ¾ mile from beginning to end with a width of 100 to 150 yards. The City of Port Orange reports that 154 homes sustained varying degrees of damage (Affected 48, Minor-43, Major-60, Destroyed-3).
“UCC church facilities, clergy and members once again remain unscathed by the event.” Regional Conference Minister Raymond Hargrove stated earlier this morning, that he has checked in with local pastors and has not received reports of damage to UCC church property, clergy or members.
State Emergency Management officials report that main areas of impact were two mobile home parks, Lighthouse Point and Laurel Wood trailer park. The tornado did not produce any fatalities and the only injury reported was a cut hand. At this point, there are no shelters open; residents are staying with their friends. The Red Cross is distributing tarps and clean-up kits to impacted residents. Damage assessments have begun, and so far it looks like residents of both mobile home communities are primarily elderly retirees on fixed incomes. Preliminary assessments also indicate that most Laurel Wood Mobile Home Park residents own their homes, while those in Lighthouse Point are renters.
There has not been a request made for volunteers yet, and it is premature to predict what the long-term needs will look like. The UCC Disaster Ministry will keep you updated as we receive more information on the event. In the meantime, please keep the Laurel Wood and Lighthouse Mobile Home Park Residents in your prayers.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for people who live in communities affected by tornadoes.
2. To help those affected by disasters you may, send gifts payable to your congregation marked for OGHS special fund Emergency USA with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
3. Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion OGHS special fund Emergency USA to UCC Financial Services; Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line donation Donate Now