On Monday, an EF-5 tornado touched down in the town of Moore, Oklahoma. The tornado spent 40 minutes on the ground and devastated an estimated 30 square miles that included neighborhoods and two elementary schools. For more than a century, Adventist Community Services (ACS) volunteers across the country have prepared for and responded to disasters of all kinds. Adventist churches and schools in Oklahoma are being utilized to stage relief supplies. The Hope Adventist Fellowship in Moore is serving as a distribution center.
We know that the pictures coming out of Oklahoma compel many individuals to help and we ask you to do the following to make our collaborative efforts as beneficial as possible to those in need.
- Pray for the thousands of individuals who have already been affected as well as those that may still be in harm’s way from a continuation of storms.
- PLEASE do not self-deploy to the disaster area. Individuals who do not deploy with a disaster response agency in coordination with emergency management often create a second disaster. Contact your local conference Disaster Response Coordinator if you would like to volunteer.
- The best way to help is to give a financial donation to Adventist Community Services. After the situation and needs are evaluated there may be a request for donating goods. There are several ways to donate:
- Visit www.communityservices.org
- Mail a check to: ACS, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904
- Call 1-800-381-7171 or
- Place an offering in your local church offering plate marked “ACS Disaster Response”
Watch this video about the Oklahoma Conference Adventist Community Services workers and area volunteers who are beginning their assistance to survivors.