#SaipanTyphoon #ACS Responds

ACS is on the scene in Saipan, part of the NAD's Guam-Micronesia Mission, in the aftermath of the destructive Typhoon Soudelor, that devastated that area on Sunday night, August 2.  The VOAD partners for that area have asked ACS to set up a multi-agency warehouse to house and distribute goods coming from Guam and other countries. ACS is working with the disaster response teams of ADRA as well as other Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that have gone there to help. So far they have been able to create a partnership with the airline industry for low-cost transportation to Saipan, following very strict requirements.

One of their goals while there is to develop and train a Saipan ACS team from people who live there. In order for Saipan members to work with a larger organization that has means and specific duties to work with the entire disaster relief framework, special skills and understanding are needed. For instance, ACS is training people with very little technical expertise to work with the inventory software necessary for running a warehouse in a disaster aftermath. There are additional challenges, one being that Saipan is financially challenged, and they need additional funds beyond what is usually allotted to local NAD conferences grappling with disaster relief.

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"Sometimes we do not realize just how many people are relying on your service and ministry," said Sean Robinson, ACS director for Disaster Response for North America. "Every act of service is an act of worship and changes peoples lives."

ACS responds in Saipan.

North American Division Adventist Community Services is on the ground in Saipan responding to the needs after a powerful typhoon hit the island in early August. Saipan was hit by typhoon Soudelor on August 2 with sustained winds of over 120 mph. More than 1000 homes have been destroyed and many businesses damaged. Approximately 24,000 people still have no access to clean water and electricity. 

Today NAD ACS is working with other NGO's to set up a warehouse and start distributing relief supplies. ADRA International is partnering with NAD ACS in the response.

NAD ACS has obtained access to a 10,000 square foot warehouse to use as a distribution center to meet the needs of the people in Saipan who are struggling to recover from the typhoon that hit the island in early August. Today they will be starting to set up the distribution center and work with other local NGO's in filling the warehouse with supplies for distribution. Local Adventist members will help by manning the distribution center and helping to sort the supplies.

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  Members of the Irwin Seventh-day Adventist Church renovate the home of 96 year old Mary Dennison (Photo by Michael Fletcher)

 Members of the Irwin Seventh-day Adventist Church renovate the home of 96 year old Mary Dennison (Photo by Michael Fletcher)

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