Tornado damage in Van, Texas. All Photos: Terry Cox.
UMCOR responds to an EF-2 tornado which struck Nashville, Arkansas, and provides assistance for Texas tornado damage
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) issued an emergency grant to theArkansas Annual (regional) Conference today, after an EF-2 tornado tore through the small town of Nashville, Arkansas, on Mother’s Day, killing two, injuring eight, and causing widespread damage.
“There is more damage in Arkansas than anticipated,” said Greg Forrester, UMCOR executive in charge of U.S. disaster response. Forrester has been in contact since the storm with the conference disaster co-coordinators Byron and Janice Mann.
The twister that impacted Nashville was one of 26 tornado sightings on May 10 from Texas to South Dakota. Van, a small town in Texas about 100 miles from Dallas, also was severely affected. About 30 percent of structures there suffered damage, and some were completely destroyed. Early response teams from both the Texas and North Texas annual conferences are officially on the ground to aid those in need.
UMCOR also approved an emergency grant to Rio Texas Annual Conference for several homes in Aurora, San Joaquin and Colonia Azteca, among others, that experienced severe wind damage near Donna, Texas.
Forrester said, “Our trained conference disaster response coordinators and teams have responded to emergencies in their areas— it is great to see the church prepared and equipped to respond. We need more churches and congregation members to join this growing movement of disaster and mission ministry to survivors.”
Forrester also said he has been in contact with United Methodist disaster coordinators in all of the affected areas and that UMCOR stands ready to assist as needed. He said the grant to the Arkansas Conference will be utilized for the cleanup efforts, temporary housing needs and equipment.
More severe weather may be on the way this coming weekend, as the slow start to the 2015 tornado season ramps up.
Please continue to pray for all who have been affected by last weekend’s storms and for those who remain in harm’s way. Visit the UMCOR website to learn how you can make a differencein crisis.