SD Synod Joys & Concerns: Wessington Springs, Flooding, & West River Clean Up

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LSS Disaster Response Activates in Response to Tornado Damage in Wessington Springs:

LSS is onsite in Wessington Springs early this morning to provide support and leadership in immediate response from the recent tornado. LSS will be establishing a Volunteer Service Center to respond to immediate needs of those affected by the tornado and coordinate volunteer help. More information will be posted as efforts are organized.

LSS Disaster Response will coordinate volunteers, case management, and spiritual and emotional care. LSS anticipates there will be a need to assist homeowners in their efforts to rebuild. More information will be posted as efforts are organized.

Although LSS Disaster Response is on-site in Wessington Springs, efforts continue in response to flooding in many Southeastern South Dakota communities.

The LSS Affordable Housing properties in North Sioux City are within the potential flood zone. LSS is taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our residents. More information will be posted as available.

You can help by making a financial donation online today.

Or you can send a gift to:
Development & Foundation
LSS Disaster Response
705 East 41st Street, Suite 200
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

LSS will be coordinating efforts with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 211 HelpLine, SD Synod/ELCA, Lutheran Disaster Response and the South Dakota VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).

Volunteers Needed June 21 & 22 for West River Community Clean Up from the October Blizzard:

With more than 40 sites needing cleanup from the October 4th blizzard, volunteers are needed now more than ever to assist those in need with debris clean up. Volunteers do not need specific skills, just need to lend a willing hand.

VOAD is looking for volunteers to assist on June 21 and June 22 with community cleanup from the October 4th blizzard.

“Volunteers play a crucial part in our community, especially helping disabled and elderly get back to their normal lives,” said Lisa Adler of Lutheran Social Services and President, South Dakota VOAD.

People who would like to volunteer in Pennington, Lawrence, Meade, Custer, Fall River, and Butte are asked to call the Helpline Center at 2-1-1. To volunteer in any other counties not listed, please call the Helpline Center toll free at 1-877-708-4357. Individuals and volunteer teams will be contacted by a volunteer coordinator and assigned projects.

The South Dakota VOAD is a group of voluntary organizations active in disaster relief that supports and facilitates services to those affected by disaster in South Dakota.

Our prayers are with all those that have been affected by these storms.


Source: SD Synod Press Release