Sunday, November 29, 2020

Easter Sunday Tornadoes: Chattanooga Story

The Storms

Easter Sunday 2020 was an unusual one in that many churches met remotely or worshiped in a drive-in format. That evening and into the following morning, storms ravaged the southeastern United States, spawning 140 tornadoes stretching from Monroe, Louisiana to Seneca, South Carolina. Thirty-two people died in the storm, which caused more than $3 billion in damage.

MNA Disaster Response staff members Mike Kennamer (Warehouse Manager and Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama Regional Specialist), Keith Perry (Florida Regional Specialist) and Marty Huddleston (Logistics Specialist) confer during a break in the action at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Mark Casson)


Just before midnight on Easter Sunday, a tornado that grew in strength to EF3, and traveled just over 18 miles in 18 minutes, damaged 2,718 properties with monetary damage totaling approximately $225 million in the Chattanooga area. More than 250 structures were destroyed and 259 sustained major damage. Two people were killed; 18 were injured.

Local churches mobilized quickly, doing everything from providing food to those impacted to cutting fallen trees and tarping damaged roofs.

MNA Disaster Response staff came alongside churches to help them minister to their neighbors. At the MNA Disaster Response Warehouse, we were busy deploying supplies to locations all across the Southeast, including providing eight Sheds of Hope to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga.

Months after the storm subsided, MNA Media Producer Don Baret traveled to Chattanooga to chronicle the relief efforts in the Chattanooga area. His first report is shown here. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Opportunities to Give and Serve in Chattanooga

A group of PCA churches in the Chattanooga area are partnering to minister to those in the Ooltewah area who were impacted by the Easter tornadoes. This information is fairly fluid, with work days being planned most Saturdays and some work continuing through the week. If you would like to learn how you can become part of this effort through volunteering or giving, please check out Covenant Presbyterian Church's website. Much of the work is being done in the Auburn Hills Trailer Park in Ooltewah, which was devastated on Easter Sunday. Please continue to pray for the families impacted and for those who are showing Christ's love through acts of mercy.

MNA Disaster Response provided Sheds of Hope Kits that were erected in the Covenant Presbyterian Church parking lot to provide a secure location for families to store their belongings.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Chainsaw Training at Rome Warehouse

Image result for mna disaster response keith perry chainsawMNA Disaster Response Warehouse will host a chainsaw training on Saturday, April 25, 2020 from 8am until 5 pm EDT. Keith Perry, MNA Disaster Response Florida Specialist, will serve as lead instructor.

This Mission to North America chain saw training course was developed to provide disaster response volunteers with a solid foundation for safe and efficient saw operation while limbing and bucking for tree debris removal.

Safety is the most critical objective of this course. Your safety, the safety of your fellow volunteers, the safety of the public, and property protection should be a part of every plan and action you take. Careful study and practice of chain saw operations will improve your own abilities and help you identify your limitations to ensure safe saw operation.

Image result for mna disaster response keith perryThis course is designed to rain beginning and experienced sawyers to perform and work safely and efficiently. The course has classroom sessions and hands-on field work. The classroom session will consist of presentations, Q&A, and quizzes. The field work allows students to demonstrate their safety knowledge and safely use skills with a chainsaw.

We will not fell trees as part of this class.
Registration is limited to the first 12 who sign up. Click here to register.