Adventist Community Service
Volunteers Aid Gustav Evacuees
s hurricane Gustav subsides on Tuesday (September 2), Adventist Community Service disaster response volunteers have geared up to the help storm survivors and evacuees throughout the southern United States.
According to news reports, the gulf coast storm was downgraded to a tropical depression as it brushed the Louisiana coastline. The full brunt of the story was not felt in New Orleans as expected. More than two million people were evacuated from New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday.
Sherry Watts, administrative assistant to the North American Division ACS Disaster Response coordinator, reports that between 375 and 475 volunteers from seven conferences are currently assisting in the relief effort.
In the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference ACS volunteers are assisting their communities as they house 6,000 evacuees in area Red Cross centers. In Alabama, South Central Conference volunteers are assisting in the aid of more than 11,000 evacuees.
The Adventist Churches in Rainsville and Foley, Alabama, in the Gulf States Conference, are housing nearly 100 evacuees. The conference will offer crisis care training at the conference youth camp next week.
In Texas, the ACS volunteers, responding to a request from the area Red Cross, provided 1,600 personal care kits for shelters in the Fort Worth area. The Southwest Region Conference youth camp is also being used as a Red Cross shelter. In Houston, volunteers are working with local officials to aid the 20,000 evacuees from Louisiana.
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