Historic flooding over the past few days caused by torrential rain and snowmelt have ravaged communities in the Midwest. This record-breaking disaster resulting in four deaths and mass destruction has forced thousands to evacuate. A state of emergency has been declared in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In Nebraska alone, 89 cities have issued declarations which cover more than 80 percent of the State.
Our Nebraska ACS Director, Rick Young, has partnered with Salvation Army to operate the State Distribution Warehouse in Lincoln that will serve the affected communities. ACS is handling the donations tracking, while Salvation Army is running the warehouse. The State is asking all those who want to offer assistance in cleanup to go through Salvation Army by calling 402-898-6050 or visiting www.salarmyomaha.org. You can also contact the SDA churches in the affected areas to provide help. Our Missouri ACS DR Team worked in coordination with the Missouri Emergency Management Agency to provide aid to the city of St. Joseph. They joined hands with AmeriCorps St. Louis, Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, and the Missouri Department of Corrections on the sandbagging operations.