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Updated – MDS actively monitoring path of Hurricane Ida

August 30, 2021

MDS is monitoring the path of Hurricane Ida and reports of damage and destruction from the Gulf Coast through the NE U.S. The Category 4 Hurricane made landfall Sunday afternoon and then left a trail of wind damage and flooding as it moved along the east coast. We invite prayer for those impacted by this large hurricane. Once emergency management officials declare it safe to enter, MDS will send in an assessment team to determine where help is needed. 

We have been in contact with our contacts, churches and partners, as early as last week to establish lines of communication with them. Because of our previous work in this area, we have existing partnerships with other local and regional agencies. MDS works with FEMA, local emergency management officials, local community leaders and partner disaster response agencies to determine how we can best respond. 

After the storm, MDS will wait until it local emergency response/search and rescue teams determine that it is safe to go into the area.When it  is safe to respond and if there is need, MDS will send volunteers to clean up, muck out, do chainsaw work and make temporary repairs. MDS does not do emergency response (i.e. life-saving and rescue). 

Your financial support helps MDS clean up, repair and rebuild homes in the hurricane-affected areas. Donations cover the costs of tools, equipment and vehicles and support volunteers with food, accommodations and transportation to the work site. 

Please monitor our website at www.mds.org and our social media channels for any new information. 

To make a donation, click here: https://mds.mennonite.net/donate/donate-form/ 

To join our volunteer wait list, click here: https://mds.volunteermatrix.com/sys-php/matrix/e.php?ID=100