CWS emergency appeal: 2011 Spring storms - update

Tornadoes, storms and floods have caused extensive loss of life and massive amounts of damage across the United States from North Carolina to Oklahoma and from North Dakota to Alabama. CWS has shipped material supplies and is conducting trainings in response to the situation.

Appeal #627-P
Amount: $280,000


Tornadoes, storms and floods have caused extensive loss of life and massive amounts of damage across the United States from North Carolina to Oklahoma and from North Dakota to Alabama.  The ultimate cost of these tragic events will be in the billions of dollars:

CWS response:

  • CWS has shipped blankets, hygiene kits, school kits, baby care kits and clean-up buckets to numerous communities.  These material goods are valued at over $550,000.  More requests are being processed and more are expected from communities where flood waters have yet to recede.
  • A CWS Emergency Response Specialist has conducted Long Term Recovery Training in southeastern Missouri.  The training was attended by community representatives from Mo., Tenn. and Ky.  An ERS has also conducted training in communities devastated by tornadoes in Oklahoma.  Leaders from six counties and seven communities participated in this training.  Training will be conducted in early July for affected communities from Alabama and Tennessee.  Over 75 people have already registered for these sessions and many more are expected.  Training will also be conducted in the Lake Champlain area of New York and Vermont for flooded communities.  In July community Long Term Recovery training will also be conducted in tornado damaged towns in North Carolina.
  • Requests for training continue to pour in and as Long Term Recovery committees form in communities where immediate response to tornado devastation is being completed and where survivors are finally returning to their flooded homes.
  • As LTRs are forming, requests are beginning to be submitted to CWS for funds to help with committee start up expenses.  Several requests are being processed and many more are being discussed.  CWS continues to anticipate requests from fifty or more organizations
  • CWS Emergency Response Specialists continue to communicate with numerous community representatives to field their questions concerning long term recovery efforts as well as spiritual and emotional care for disaster survivors.  Specialists can be reached via the contact info provided here.
  • As the storms continue and the headlines move to the most recently impacted community CWS is striving to keep focused on communities that continue to need assistance such as Vilonia, Ark., Sedalia, Mo., Reading, Kan., communities in Lake Champlain areas of N.Y. and Vt. and towns in the Bootheel region of Missouri such as Moorehouse and Pinhook.
  • CWS continues to work closely with its 37 communions who also conduct long-term recovery training, case management training, care for children in disaster, construction management, immediate aid and assistance to disaster survivors and so much more.


Total is $280,000. This includes $240,000 for long-term recovery start-up, with a minimum of 30 groups and a maximum grant of $8,000 each. Other expenses: $20,000 for material resources and shipping; $20,000 for long-term recovery group training.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, Appeal #627-P, 2011 Spring Storms, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

CWS urgently needs donations of Cleanup Buckets for the Spring Storms response, communities affected by the upcoming hurricane season and other needs.  Learn how you can get involved!

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.


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