Reports were received today that Hurricane Hanna – the third storm to his Haiti in the last 10 days - has left a trail of death and devastation. Over 200 persons are reported dead with the toll expected to rise. Half of the city of Gonaives is under water and several residents have had nothing to eat in 4 days. Hurricane Hanna is set to soak the East Coast of the U. S. this weekend.
UCC/Church World Service staff are in contact with ministry partners in Haiti who are providing emergency response as weather conditions allow. Many roads remain impassable. An initial OGHS emergency grant was sent to Haiti earlier this week.
Hurricane Ike is churning in the Atlantic with a current trajectory which would carry it over the Bahamas and into the U.S. Gulf coast next week.
2008 is proving to be a very busy Hurricane Season. (Click on links below for storm updates.) Tropical Storm Josephine, the tenth named storm of the season has formed off Cape Verde in the Atlantic Ocean.
As additional information on the impact of 2008 Hurricanes and opportunities for responding become available, we will share updates on www.ucc.org
Please keep all the people impacted by Hurricane Gustav in your prayers and plan to make a generous donation to One Great Hour of Sharing/2008 Hurricane Response.
What you can do
1. Pray for people who live in communities affected by tropical storms and hurricanes.
2. To help those affected by disasters you may, send gifts payable to your congregation marked for “OGHS/2008 Hurricane Response” with the request they be sent through your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor, 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
3. Send gifts, made out to Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion "OGHS/2008 Hurricane Response" send to Wider Church Ministries, Financial Services - 6th Floor; 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
4. Make a secure on-line donation.