Disaster Strikes—What To Do?
With Sandy not that distant in our memories, everybody here knows the destruction and damage left in the wake of a hurricane. I come from tornado and wildfire country! Out there, it’s not a matter of what, but when disaster strikes.
We established a permanent committee just to traffic the disaster response agencies and to speed the process of getting aid to the people who need it most. Otherwise, you gotta reorganize a committee and reinvent the wheel every time. It wastes valuable time and resources when people need the most help.
The temptation is to collect clothing, household goods, toiletries, water, etc. In fact, all that stuff ends up getting in the way. I remember seeing walls of pallets of bottled water months after a tornado last year. One of my pastor friends was still trying to give away the 200 shovels somebody sent her church. “Please take a shovel! What am I gonna do with 200 shovels?”
One thing I learned—I personally witnessed our own Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) in action. PDA is really effective, nimble, and on site. They are excellent at getting to the table with Red Cross and FEMA and the other faith-based aid organizations channeling resources to affected areas. They are great at it!
So, the best thing we can do when disaster strikes whether it’s the coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas or Haiti is give money to PDA. They tap their vast network of volunteers and mobilize right away. Our money goes right to the heart of the disaster with efficient and cost-effective resource and humanitarian response. It’s the most effective way to fund EXACTLY what’s needed EXACTLY where it is needed.
So, what can we do?
Send money to PDA — http://tinyurl.com/gnn3fay
Grace & Peace,