Disaster Relief Update
April 17, 2012
Christian Appalachian Project’s Disaster Relief team answered the call to help numerous communities impacted by the deadly tornadoes on March 2, 2012.
Our crews went in on the ground in Martin, Johnson and Magoffin counties along with Disaster Relief community volunteers, WorkFest volunteers and many local volunteers. Work was completed on 140 homes/properties. Employees and volunteers spent 19,377 hours cleaning debris, accepting donations, and assisting at the disaster shelters.
Most of the families, with the help of volunteers, have finished sorting through the wreckage of their homes and are now waiting on insurance claims and government assistance. The road to recovery will be long and difficult. Please pray for the continued strength for the victims.
“It’s bad”. This is the haunting description of the destruction we are seeing on the front lines of this natural disaster, from our Chief Operations Officer, Randy Beckham.
In a deadly tornado outbreak Friday, state officials have confirmed at least 19 people have died in Kentucky as the search continues through the rubble in the aftermath of what was one of the most incredibly violent storms in recent history. The devastation is catastrophic. Homes, churches, and businesses have been completely destroyed. Rescue teams were also deployed to assist residents trapped by the flash flooding.
In the words of one survivor, “People took cover wherever they could. We hope people will pray for us.”
CAP Disaster Relief teams were quick to respond, deploying 150 volunteers to help with the clean-up. We are also helping to staff the shelter for people that lost their homes. There are approximately 75 people in the shelter. In addition, we have opened our warehouse doors for survivors to come for water, food, and other basic necessities, and are providing shower trailers for people in desperate need.
“We want these communities to know we care and to believe that they can and will thrive again. Our Operation Sharing trucks will be ready to deliver supplies. These supplies will be a lifeline into places that have no water and no electricity, where stores and gas stations are not operable, where normal daily living has ceased to exist. We are going to do all that we can to assist the communities devastated by this disaster.” –Guy Adams, President & CEO
Locally, donations will be taken for the devastated communities of the deadly tornadoes of March 2nd, at Christian Appalachian Project, 2592 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY.