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5-6-14 Adventist Community Services launch relief efforts after tornadoes and violent storms
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The use of a 288,000 square foot warehouse in Conway, Ark. was turned over to ACS DR. Monique Monroe and Lavida Whitson were formulating a layout for the operation. This warehouse will serve the survivors of the Mayflower and Vilonia tornadoes.
 
Adventist Community Services (ACS) coordinators and volunteers from across the country are mounting a response to a deadly storm system that spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas before sweeping through Mississippii and into the Southern United States, causing severe damage and killing at least 35 people according to media reports.

ACS disaster response team leaders in various states are coordinating relief efforts with state officials in the affected areas. ACS is also launching a collaborative response determining when and where they are most needed so their help and skills will be most effective. More information about how to volunteer or what items may be needed will be shared when it becomes available.

“It’s a tragedy to see so many families suffering across the South, Midwest and Southwest. Lives have been destroyed – sometimes in only a matter of a few minutes,” said Sean Robinson, ACS director for disaster response.  “We thank our volunteers who are helping in their communities.”
 
ACS is a member of National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) along with about 55 other nonprofit members. Each response organization has their own specialty and work together in a disaster area, cooperating seamlessly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) other state VOADs in an orderly, well-trained manner within their own area of expertise. ACS specializes in handling donated goods and distributing relief supplies. This means that they collect, sort, and distribute goods. Much-needed relief supplies are distributed to survivors and responders using fixed sites which often are Adventist churches and schools, and also using mobile distribution units.
 
How You and Your Church or Group Can Help - With so much devastation caused by the recent tornadoes, rain, and wind, what can you do to help? ACS gives advice on how to be prepared for a disaster and to help others when affected here.

ACS is able to leverage its partnerships and bulk purchasing power to provide goods to disaster survivors for a fraction of retail cost.
 
financial donation to ACS today will help your church bring vital supplies and relief to people devastated by the recent tornadoes and flooding. More information will be available soon regarding specific needs.
 
Volunteering and donating: PLEASE do not self-deploy to the disaster area. Individuals who do not deploy with a disaster response agency in coordination with emergency management often create a second disaster. Contact your local conference Disaster Response Coordinator if you would like to volunteer.
     If you would like to make a donation, the most effective and efficient way to help your church help others is to make a financial donation to Adventist Community Services Disaster Response. Each disaster results in different needs and needs will change as the recovery continues. Your financial donation will allow ACS to respond to these changing needs.

To donate:
·         Visit www.communityservices.org
·         Call 1-800-381-7171
·         Mail a check to ACS, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD or
For updates, "Like" the North American Division Facebook page and the NAD Adventist Community Services Disaster Response Facebook page.
 
North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600 USA
Telephone: 301-680-6400
Fax: 301-680-6464
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