The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, is a federally recognized, tax exempt organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its tax ID number is 13-3462549. Receipts will be issued for charitable contributions made to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation, for disaster-related or other mission work.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) uses all designated funds it receives to support relief and recovery efforts. PDA does not charge, nor do we receive, administrative fees on designated gifts for disaster response. Generous gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering and other undesignated gifts cover PDA’s non-program related activities such salaries and other program administrative overhead or communications.
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Any occurrence such as a hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, tidal wave, fire explosion, contamination, civil strife, war, or other natural or human-caused event that produces human suffering or creates human needs that survivors cannot alleviate without assistance.
What are the stages of natural disaster?
- Emergency Stage
First responders in the emergency stage may be family, neighbors, congregations, local fire and police departments, search and rescue teams, and the American Red Cross. This is usually a very dangerous time. The survivors and the professional rescue people can be endangered by volunteers who are not part of a response organization.
The emergency stage usually lasts one to three days, but in more severe disasters can continue for up to two weeks. In this case, the next two stages - relief and recovery - are prolonged. Response activities include search and rescue, emergency shelter and feeding, grief counseling and pastoral care, and re-establishing contact with family and friends.
- Relief Stage
Basic human needs are the focus of the second stage of disaster response in the relief stage, which usually lasts about one month. Medical services, food, and temporary shelter become available through American Red Cross, coordinated with churches, interfaith response groups, and other helping organizations.
Basic clean-up of homes, businesses, and streets begins in this stage. Temporary repairs are made and utilities begin to be restored. Survivors begin filing claims with insurance companies and applying for assistance from American Red Cross and, if presidentially-declared, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Recovery Stage
People and communities try to return to normal during stage three of disaster response. People begin moving out of shelters and into temporary housing and lives and homes begin to be rebuilt. Response activities include permanent repair and rebuilding, emotional and spiritual healing, agency coordination, and reconciling permanent losses.
The problem and challenge for the faith community is that there can be no "return to normal" for most people. People with little or no insurance, renters, and the poor are often left with few resources. The aid given by the larger helping agencies is often not enough. The recovery stage from major disasters typically can take years for individuals, families and communities impacted by those disasters.
A complimentary blue PDA t-shirt is provided for each member of a volunteer work team who serves through a PDA related volunteer hosting site. Other supporters of PDA who would like to purchase a t-shirt may do so for $15 by calling the Presbyterian Distribution Center at (800) 524-2612. Available sizes are adult small - XXXL.