The how-to of disaster recovery

Hundreds of people affected by spring flooding or tornadoes have attended disaster recovery workshops led by CWS staff in Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina in recent weeks.

 

Hundreds of people affected by spring flooding or tornadoes have attended disaster recovery workshops led by CWS staff in Missouri, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina in recent weeks.

A July 11 Recovery Tools & Training workshop in Birmingham, Ala., brought together more than 130 participants from communities affected by the April 27 Birmingham-Tuscaloosa tornado — a record turnout for CWS Emergency Response Specialist Bryan Crousore.

Along with staff from CWS partner organizations, Crousore shared some of the lessons of past disasters, such as where to look for funds and how to coordinate different efforts to help survivors.

"We really hit hard on the necessity for all these groups to get together and work together," he says.

On July 7, CWS Emergency Response Specialist Lura Cayton traveled to tornado-devastated Joplin, Mo., to give a presentation on long-term recovery and spiritual and emotional care for survivors. CWS Emergency Response Specialist Joann Hale has been conducting workshops in North Carolina and will conduct workshops in Massachusetts this week.

CWS has a goal of raising $280,000 to help flood and tornado survivors.  You can help – give online.

A bulletin insert on the Spring Storms appeal is available for download.

 

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