Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) teams are rapidly responding to the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri yesterday. This morning, ACS DR coordinators Jody Dickhaut and Roy Weeden began surveying damage, assessing needs and identifying safe locations to begin operations. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Missouri have requested that ACS DR take the lead in collecting, sorting and warehousing donated goods that have already begun streaming into the area. Warehouse space has been identified and operations are anticipated to begin tomorrow. Goods processed by the warehouse will be delivered to disaster survivors through emergency distribution centers and by mobile distribute units.

These teams in Missouri join ACS DR teams currently responding in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Virginia, and Alaska to provide aid to individuals affected by tornadoes, flooding and other disasters. Tons of donated goods are being processed and provide aid to thousands of individuals in need.

If you are interested in helping ACS DR and the many survivors attempting to put their lives back together, please pray for them and consider making a donation to Adventist Community Services Disaster Response.

To donate:

  1. Go to,
  2. Call 1-800-381-7171, or
  3. Mail a check or money order to:

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response

12501 Old Columbia Pike

Silver Spring, MD 20904