World Vision to Expand Response as Another Round of Deadly Weather Hits Midwest
Moving into affected areas with tarps, clean-up supplies, hygiene kits
Organization will assess conditions in Joplin, Mo., site of the deadly 2011 tornado
Seeking additional supplies to help those in need
MOORE, Okla., June 1, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ — World Vision
is rushing to help those in need after areas of Oklahoma and Missouri
were hit by another round of deadly tornadoes Friday evening. The storms
come less than two weeks after an EF5 tornado flattened areas of
Oklahoma and shattered lives. In this latest round, nine people in
Oklahoma are believed to be dead and authorities are still trying to
determine the extent of the damage.
World Vision staff in the domestic disaster response headquarters are
moving quickly to expand the organization’s initial tornado response
beyond its earlier scope in Moore, Shawnee, and Noble, Okla., and
Granbury, Texas. As part of the expansion, World Vision will be seeking
additional supplies to help those in need.
“While we don’t yet know the extent of the damage and need, we’re
heading into the affected area with tarps, buckets of clean-up supplies,
water, and personal hygiene kits. And we’ll shuttle more supplies from
the two response centers we have set up in Moore,” said Phyllis Freeman,
World Vision’s director of domestic disaster response.
On Friday, Freeman announced the tornado response was moving into the
recovery and rebuilding phases, with building supplies scheduled for
delivery. Those plans have been complicated while the staff provide for
the initial needs of survivors from Friday evening’s storms.
The organization is also planning to assess communities in Joplin,
Missouri, an area hit by one of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history
in 2011. In the wake of that storm, World Vision partnered with Joplin
churches and faith-based organizations, providing survivors with hygiene
products, cleaning materials, toys, and blankets.
“In communities like Joplin and Moore, we have worked side by side with local churches. We’ve watched people start
to rebuild their lives. It’s just devastating to know that as we
return this time, some of those areas will be back to square one,
forcing people to start over yet again,” Freeman said.
In 2012, World Vision’s Domestic Disaster Response team provided
relief for more than 47,000 beneficiaries, including more than 30,000
children. This year, World Vision continues to assist the most
vulnerable affected by Superstorm Sandy
in New York and New Jersey and has provided relief and rebuilding
supplies to those affected by tornado damage in Hattiesburg,
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