Welcome to the BlogBlast Katrina Flood Aid campaign. Thanks to Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit for cataloging bloggers' list of organizations that are serving in relief and recovery. One of those organizations is the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Here is an email message from our local Presbytery here in Western North Carolina received on Wednesday outlining what is happening.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has committed an immediate $500,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing and undesignated funds to respond to the needs of disaster survivors and to support the deployment of members of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT) to help presbyteries, congregations and communities organize their response. Eight members of the team are already actively engaged in the response, and eight more have moved as close to the affected areas as possible to be available to go into the affected areas when conditions and the government allow entry. Rev. Bill Neely, a member of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Team, is part of the first-response team visiting this week with representatives of the presbyteries of South Alabama, Mississippi and South Louisiana. They are assessing damage, sharing support and initiating the Presbyterian Church’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Other PDAT members are organizing to work with long-term recovery response. ...Hurricane Katrina is one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the United States. There have been estimates that the damage could cause between $10 and $25 billion. PDA has issued an appeal for $10 million to help in this response and is committed to working in a coordinated effort with other Christians to extend our response as far as possible.Presbyterian Disaster Assistance staff has been meeting daily each morning
to discuss the disaster and to obtain updates from PDAT members active in
the response. They are committed to updating the PDA web site
daily and encourage you to visit the web site for the most current information.
Please join us as we offer our prayers for the people affected by this disaster those who have lost family members and friends; those whose homes have been damaged or destroyed; and those who have lost livelihoods. Please also join us in prayer for faithful Presbyterians and others who are giving of their time, talents, and treasure to minister to those in need.
Those wishing to respond financially may do so by designating gifts for one of the following disaster response accounts:
U.S. Hurricane Response, DR000169
Pastoral Care, DR000161
Church Damage, DR000163
Donations may be sent through the Presbytery (114 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, 28655). Gifts by credit card can be made by calling PresbyTel at (800) 872-3283 or online at http://www.pcusa.org/pda/donate/accounts.htm.
Updates and a bulletin insert are available at www.pcusa.org/pda.Thank you for your gifts and your prayers to support the survivors in the southeastern United States.Those who may be interested in sending work teams should hold that thought! It will take quite a bit of time for local groups to be organized enough to receive recovery teams. ...There are three stages of a disaster: Emergency, Relief, and Recovery. The money we send to PDA helps at all three stages; our specialty as a denomination, however, is helping local communities organize for long term recovery and providing work teams to achieve them.
Stay in touch at Presbyterian Disaster Assistance's Katrina recovery page. Do what you can to help. Help is needed. Whatever you can do will be appreciated.