Mennonite Disaster Service units in the U.S. and Canada have been busy responding to a recent wave of severe weather that has caused floods and destroyed homes, particularly in the mid-west region of the U.S.
The MDS West Texas Unit is currently responding to flooding in an area north of Seminole, Texas, where 15 inches of rain fell within two days in late May. The teams are working on the cleanup and then repair of two homes.
In British Columbia, the MDS B.C. Unit is investigating the impact of a violent storm and flash flooding which hit the Cache Creek area on May 23, where dozens of homes were affected and residents evacuated.
The MDS East Texas Unit continues to respond and cleanup in the Van, Texas, area where a tornado caused significant damage in late May.
In Nashville, Arkansas, the MDS Arkansas Unit is cleaning and repairing homes as a result of recent tornados and high winds.
The MDS Oklahoma Unit is working in the Bridge Creek area southwest of Oklahoma City in response to recent tornado damage.
And the MDS South Dakota Unit was working late last week in the Delmont, South Dakota area cleaning up communities after a tornado.
MDS and the Gulf Coast Recovery now in paperback
The 2014 book titled “Mennonite Disaster Service and the Gulf Coast Recovery“ by Brenda Phillips, PhD, Associate Dean at Ohio University in Chillicothe, is now available in a paperback edition from Lexington Books. A long-time friend of MDS, Phillips is an award winning and widely published author on disaster recovery and socially vulnerable populations. Phillips is donating all royalties from book sales to MDS.
The book can also be purchased through your local bookstore or favorite online bookseller. Make sure you have a copy available for your church or school library.
“Mennonite Disaster Service brings into clear focus one of the most powerful examples of faith-based volunteer service…” Shirley Laska, University of New Orleans.
“What do faith-based organizations contribute to post-disaster recovery work? And, ultimately, how can communities rebuild to be stronger and better…? This is a fascinating read.” Lori Peek, Colorado State University.
“This important book is a valuable resource not only for students and academics, but…for anyone who wants to understand and appreciate giving and receiving in disaster recovery.” Maureen Fordham, Northumbria University.
MDS featured on NBC Nightly News! MDS was featured on the NBC Nightly News on March 29, 2011. To see the story that features our Diamond, La. project, click on the link below:
MDS on the News