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18 Mar 2008 description


Growing up without a parent, living in a single-headed household, displaced by war, physical disabilities and poverty are all factors preventing young girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo from receiving a good education. But through UMCOR's Girls' Scholarship Program, more than 2,000 girls have a chance for a brighter future.

UMCOR is providing tuition, school fees, uniforms, school supplies and materials to help them achieve the best education possible.

13 Apr 2007 description

Release Number: 1679-088

ORLANDO, Fla. -- More than $38.3 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help people and communities recover from tornadoes that struck Central Florida in December and February.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) also reported that more than 2,700 Floridians applied for disaster assistance.

11 Apr 2007 description

CORDELE, Ga. -- Five weeks after President Bush's March 3 disaster declaration for the severe storms and tornadoes, disaster recovery grants, loans, and Public Assistance funds approved for Georgia families, individuals, business owners, and local governments now total more than $8.64 million.

The new total, $2.16 million more than last week's total, was announced today by officials of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), and U.S.

29 Mar 2007 description

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The destructive tornadoes that swept through Alabama on March 1, left behind a path of destruction - homes destroyed, trees toppled and lives disrupted. In Enterprise, residents will long remember the low-hanging clouds, the swirling winds and tangled debris that remained in the wake of the most devastating tornadoes in their recent memory.

In addition to homes and personal property destroyed, the tornadoes inflicted heavy damage on schools, public buildings and left piles of debris to be cleaned up.

13 Mar 2007 description

By Chantal Valencia Lawrence

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is supporting people in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida affected by tornadoes.

Winter storms spawned tornadoes in Enterprise, Alabama and in Americus, Georgia on March 1. Hundreds of homes were either damaged or demolished, trees were toppled, and power lines were torn down. The storm also impacted parts of Southwestern Missouri. In Enterprise, eight high school students were killed and more than 50 people were hurt as a result of the tornadoes.

01 Mar 2007 description

Release Number: 1679-025

ORLANDO, Fla. -- One month since destructive tornadoes ripped through four Central Florida counties, many residents' lives remain disrupted and personal property destroyed. State-federal recovery efforts continue and more than $18 million in disaster assistance has been approved for over 550 households and business owners.

As cleanup continues and lives begin to rebuild, the U.S.

19 Feb 2007 description

"There isn't damage everywhere but the damage that is there is extensive," says Church World Service disaster recovery specialist Lesli Remaly-Netter. Two tornadoes in six weeks have killed 21 people and caused severe damage in Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties.

One of the most heavily hit communities is Spring Hill, on Deland's south side. "The biggest hurdle to rebuilding here is people are going to have to take out (federal) loans," says Bo Davenport, a Deland Rotary Club recovery worker.

14 Feb 2007 description

Release Number: 1679-010

ORLANDO, Fla. -- They came in one by one attached to a pick-up truck with the word Cavalier adorning the white front of each travel trailer unit in tow. They were the first emergency housing units to arrive after the February 2 tornadoes.

Already several Lady Lake residents have received a U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Florida State Emergency Response Team (SERT) emergency temporary travel trailer.

10 Feb 2007 description

Release Number: 1679-007

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Florida are working together to provide temporary housing for the victims of the February 2 tornadoes in Lake, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties.

09 Feb 2007 description

DELTONA, FL- Victims of last week's tornados in Floridanow have HOPE.

HOPE, which stands for Help Our People Eat, is an emergency response vehicle owned by the Society of St.

08 Feb 2007 description

Release Number: 1680-001 FactSheet

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Bush's major disaster declaration issued for Florida.

Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required :

Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.

08 Feb 2007 description

Release Number: HQ-07-013

WASHINGTON - Based on additional information collected by state, local and federal disaster assessment teams, the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced that federal disaster aid has been made available for the state of Florida to help people and communities recover from the effects of severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding on December 25, 2006.

FEMA Director David Paulison said the assistance was authorized under a major disaster declaration issued for the state by President Bush.

06 Feb 2007 description


UMCOR is helping Central Florida residents recover from the violent storms and tornadoes that swept the region early last Friday morning. UMCOR is working with the Florida Annual Conference to provide relief and recovery assistance in the counties affected.

06 Feb 2007 description

Release Number: 1679-003

ATLANTA, Ga. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reports the following assistance numbers for the Florida tornadoes, FEMA-1679-DR:

As of 1 PM EST today:

Registrations: 1,077

Registrations today: 211

Housing Assistance applications approved: 80

Other Needs Assistance applications approved: 33

Housing Assistance funds disbursed: $391,577.68

06 Feb 2007 description

Ten units give speed and flexibility to recovery efforts in central Florida

Release Date: February 6, 2007

06 Feb 2007 description
report Operation Blessing

By Sarah Pate

LADY LAKE, Fla. - Less than 24 hours after a devastating tornado and storms swept through central Florida, Operation Blessing trucks and relief teams were on-site to distribute food and other emergency aid to residents.

The tornado, which is responsible for the deaths of 20 residents, also heavily damaged or destroyed at least 1,500 homes in the four counties affected, Sen.

05 Feb 2007 description

The swath of tornadoes and storms that wrecked parts of central Florida on Feb. 1 left at least 20 people dead, and destroyed or damaged at least 1,600 homes. President Bush declared disasters in Lake, Seminole, Sumter, and Volusia counties, where thousands were left homeless in the storm's wake. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) help includes individual and public assistance.

CWS RESPONSE: Church World Service domestic roundtable partner Catholic Charities requested material assistance just after the storm hit.

05 Feb 2007 description

At least three tornadoes struck central Florida on Friday, February 2nd, killing 20 people. Four counties-Lake, Sumter, Seminole and Volusia-have been declared federal disaster areas. It is estimated that 1,500 homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged in the affected counties. The storm produced the second deadliest tornado in Florida's history.

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) has been in communication with the affected dioceses in Central and Southwest Florida.

05 Feb 2007 description

A fast-moving storm cut across central Florida in the pre-dawn hours, killing 14 and leaving at least 20,000 people without electricity. More severe weather is expected throughout the day in central Florida, which is likely to hamper recover efforts and could inflict more damage.