LCC Disaster Response Director Kathy O'Day and LERT Chainsaw Volunteers Deploy This Week to Olive Branch, Mississippi for Extensive Tornado Damage
210 Homes Damaged or Destroyed in DeSoto County
“For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) chainsaw teams have been invited by Angela Fowler, Congregation President from Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Olive Branch, Mississippi, to help impacted families recover from devastating damage as a result of back-to-back tornadoes that hit the same county.
On January 10, the towns of Love, Hernando and Lewisburg in DeSoto County experienced two tornadoes on the same day. The first of two reported tornadoes was rated an EF-1 storm by the National Weather Service with an estimated wind peak of 100 miles per hour, was 200 yards wide, and traveled 11.3 miles. The second tornado was rated an EF-2 storm with an estimated peak wind gust of 120 miles per hour, was 300 yards wide and traveled 8.25 miles. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports that 210 homes have been damaged or destroyed in DeSoto County.
LCC Director of Disaster Response, Kathy O’Day will be arriving in Olive Branch, Mississippi on Thursday, January 23 to begin assessments and meet with Beautiful Savior and Eight Days of Hope.
Approximately 29 L.E.R.T. chainsaw certified team members will deploy January 25 through February 1. We will work with Beautiful Savior in partnership with Eight Days of Hope – Rapid Response, a non-denominational Christian, non-profit organization that exists to demonstrate the love and hope of Jesus Christ by serving those in need based in Tupelo, Mississippi. They are already on the ground cleaning up damage and deploying volunteers out of Longview Heights Baptist Church in Olive Branch. According to Mrs. Fowler, Longview Heights is one of the largest churches in their local ministerial association, which has the capability to house and feed large groups of volunteers willing to serve their communities.
Join LCC in keeping our volunteers and this community in your prayers as they begin to work through the recovery process.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, lodging, and meal costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please consider a donation to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Disaster Response Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.