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2019 Spring Storms Response

Lee County, Alabama Tornado MDS sent in an investigation team to Macon, Barbour and Lee counties to determine the needs and how MDS can be most helpful. Search and rescue efforts have been wrapped up and everyone is accounted for. Permits to travel...

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2018 Super Typhoon Yutu Response

On October 25 Saipan took a direct hit from one of the strongest typhoons (hurricanes) ever recorded to make landfall, at over 180 mph. Many homes were damaged or destroyed, but we have since heard that many or most of the MDS-built houses survived...

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2018 Hurricane Michael Response

MDS has two assessment teams that started investigating Wednesday, October 17. These assessment teams set up a base at Rivertown Community Church in Marianna, FL, in the heart of a heavily damaged swath. Most of the damage is wind related with huge...

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2018 Hurricane Florence Response

What is the MDS response to Hurricane Florence? A bus load of Amish from Lancaster County PA arrived in Lumberton NC the morning of October 1st. They were the first of a number of early response groups that have, and will continue to, rotate into the...

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In the wake of Hurricane Florence

Even before Hurricane Florence made landfall on September 14 at 7:15 a.m. in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) was quietly gearing up a response that will range from damage assessments to long-term home rebuilds. In simpler...

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