Hurricane Patricia: How Your Church Can Respond

by Church Resource Team on October 23, 2015


Residents of Mexico’s central Pacific coast are bracing for impact from Hurricane Patricia, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 200 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center, tracking the storm, reports that Patricia is “the strongest hurricane ever recorded."

More than 50,000 people had already evacuated coastal communities by Friday morning. The storm is expected to make landfall later in the day.

World Vision preparing for disaster response with pre-positioned supplies

There are no World Vision development projects in Jalisco and Colima states where Patricia is expected to do its greatest damage. However, heavy rains are likely to hit communities where World Vision works in Michoacan, San Luis Potosi, and the state of Mexico, says spokesman David Munoz.

“We have pre-positioned items for emergency response like blankets, tarpaulins, kitchen kits, and bottled water,” says World Vision Emergency Director Alejandro Garciacano in Mexico City. In a second phase, we will make hygiene kits available.

World Vision plans to provide aid through local partners, Alejandro says, depending on the government’s determination of needs.

“Our priority is children's security,” says Alejandro.

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You’ll help us to respond quickly with pre-positioned emergency supplies ready to be delivered from strategically-placed warehouses around the world. Our team of dedicated staff are also prepared and trained to respond to emergencies at any time and in any place.

Resources for Your Weekend Services

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