a damaged tree next to the sign for Flint River Presbytery

— Beth Goss, National Response Team

 From January 21 through the 23, as many as 29 tornadoes swept across six states, leaving as many as 20 people dead, hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed and scattered power outages through out.

Disaster officials say as many as four people died in Hattiesburg, Mississippi when the EF3 tornado, believed to be a half mile wide, carved a path for 25 minutes on the ground. An estimated 600 homes were damaged and destroyed.

PDA has deployed National Response Team members to Flint River Presbytery after receiving an invitation, and grants are being processed where requested. 


 Until the Long Term Recovery Groups are set up and PDA has established host sites for volunteers, here is what you can do:

  • Donate to PDA. We are using account DR000015 for this disaster. You can give online by clicking the Donate button on this page. 
  • Make Gift of the Heart kits. Click here for more information.
  • The American Red Cross of South Georgia is involved in the immediate relief efforts. Click here to apply to volunteer.
  • Samaritan's Purse needs volunteers to assist with the cleanup efforts in the Albany area. In particular, skilled volunteers able to operate chainsaws and construction equipment are needed, however unskilled volunteers ages 14+ are also needed. At this link, click "Volunteer in Georgia or Mississippi" for information on the Albany project, among others. 

Your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) enable our immediate response. For more information on OGHS, click here.


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