Missouri Floods Update

The record-breaking 2017 Missouri Floods have impacted close to 1000 homes that either sustained major damage or were totally inundated. It was also reported that several small towns in South Central Missouri were destroyed, wiping out most of the region. The ACS DR Teams are supporting 18 Multi Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) with Ambassadors in two different locations. These Centers are led out by Nancy Tarasenko (St. Louis) and Kathy Beijen (Kansas City).

We have partnered with various other help agencies such as Gleaning for the World - a Virginia based organization and Convey of Hope, who have donated a tremendous amount of distribution supplies. Delivery trucks are provided by Penske Truck, another partner organization. Two Penske trucks loaded with immediate need supplies were distributed at the MARCs in Valley Park in St. Louis and Van Buren this past weekend. There are two other Penske trucks deployed in St. Louis, and two stationed in Lebanon.

One storage trailer was deployed to the Newton County Office of Emergency Management in Neosho where 350 Flood Buckets where delivered. The DR Team also purchased 500 Storage totes from Lowes in Joplin who graciously gave them a 30%+ discount which translated to over $5000.00 worth of Totes for $3400.00 without any tax. These were in answer to a request by the Emergency Manager Charla Gelker, for distribution to all of the flooded families in her county which was one of the hardest hit. 

The State Emergency Management leaders are looking to set up a Warehouse and a Point of Distribution in West Plains. Jody is in contact with Derrick Lea, NAD ACS DR Director, to get an additional warehouse management team on standby, once a warehouse is obtained. The city of Sunnydale has been gracious enough for allowing us to use the empty Industry space to house the donations that have come and are on the way. Jody Dickhaut has personally received a lot of positive feedback on just how much our ACS (Yellow Shirts - as we're called) mean to our peers and especially to the survivors of the floods.

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Canton Tornado Survival Story

A four-year-old was found unscathed at the bottom of the “dogpile” in the bathtub, when the devastating tornadoes swept across Canton city in Texas last week. She was protected by her two older sisters who covered her while being struck repeatedly by flying debris, which included chunks of asphalt. Their dad was hugging the toilet when the tornado hit, and both he and the toilet went flying into the air about 130 feet and landed in the yard. He suffered nine broken ribs and a concussion. Mom was away from home at the time, but on the way back she found it extremely difficult to gain entry into their area. The family had lost their home, their barn, and three vehicles. Although bruised and battered from this deadly tornado, they were most thankful to be alive and to have each other, and are on the road to recovery now.

Texas Conference ACS provided assistance to them by delivering food, cleaning items, yard tools, personal care items, pet supplies, and paper products. Besides this family, the Texas ACS has served over 300 other families at the Distribution Center so far, and 250 families at remote drop off locations. They have also sent yard tools, gloves, snacks, trash bags, sunscreen, insect repellant, Gatorade, and bottled water with the clean up crews going out daily. Let us continue to remember the survivors of this tragedy, and also the volunteers that continue to serve and cater to the needs of the community.

Tornadoes Hit Canton, TX

The Canton, TX community is in the process of recovery from seven tornadoes that struck the area on late Saturday evening, April 29, 2017. Five deaths have been reported, and over 50 individuals have been injured. One of the tornadoes was on the ground almost 50 miles! The Texas Conference ACS is operating a Collection/Distribution center at the Van Zandt County Fairgrounds in the judging barn. Donated goods are continuing to come in, and the tornado-struck community is extremely appreciative of the much-needed emergency supplies. ACS Volunteers from Terrell, Athens, Mesquite, and Jefferson Academy churches, along with many other community volunteers, are dedicating their time to helping those who have been affected by this tragedy. 

Missouri Floods Update

The ACS DR Team continues its efforts to assist individuals experiencing crisis in the aftermath of the devastating flooding that occurred last week in Missouri. W. Derrick Lea (NAD ACS), along with Nancy and Bob (IA-MO ACS), prepared flood buckets and storage totes to be delivered in some of the affected areas in Neosho. In addition, Nancy and Bob drove a delivery truck that carried much-needed items to a distribution site in another area that was 6 hours away from Neosho.

ACS DR and 'Gleaning of the World' Teams also delivered water, flood buckets, and blankets to Sunnyvale on Friday morning. In addition to the Gleaners, we have partnered with Convoy of Hope and Penske Truck, which has loaned us the use of three large trucks for delivering goods, along with a trailer for temporary storage.  

The State of Arkansas has been heavily impacted by the floods as well. The waters from Missouri are flowing into Arkansas and causing substantial flooding. Our Arkansas/Kansas Conference ACS DR Coordinator, Lavida Whitson, is in the process of setting up a Warehouse and Distribution Center for the communities in the affected areas of Arkansas.

ACS Responds to Missouri Floods

The State of Missouri experienced a sudden downpour over the past weekend that has resulted in devastating floods across the region. The weather continues to affect not only those living in Missouri, but also in Kansas and Arkansas. Approximately 400 homes have been inundated; and several roads, property, and businesses also have been heavily destroyed by this massive natural disaster.

ACS DR Teams have set up a Multi-agency Resource Center in the affected areas that is providing flood buckets, clean water, and other needed items. They were able to partner with other agencies such as “Gleaning for the World” which provided roughly $35,000 worth of blankets with lids to preserve personal items, clean water for drinking, blankets for warmth, and stuffed animals for the children who have been displaced or traumatized by the upheaval of the flood waters.  

The DR Teams toured the area of Joplin, MO, assessing the needs to ensure an effective response. They also distributed Storage Totes to members of the Neosho community whose homes were affected. They used a Penske Truck that had been donated to ACS DR Iowa Nebraska for the duration of the Recovery efforts.