Community Outreach

Disaster Response

Why Give Dollars?

Disaster hits – I want to do something! Unquestionably the best response is to “donate responsibly” with your dollars. Often our thoughts are to donate water, food, clothing, or diapers. But even more important especially the farther away from the disaster we find ourselves is the gift of dollars. These two video links say it so much better than my words:

In my time working with Adventist Community Services – this organization generally is not a first responder, but teams are primed and ready as soon as Emergency Management gives clearance. Long after the cameras disappear, Adventist Community Services and many other non-government agencies will faithfully be working together to alleviate the tremendous suffering and work together in rebuilding.

Donations can be made by:

- Making a donation to your local Seventh-day Adventist Church labeled “ACS Disaster Response.” Note: When a donation is made to Oregon ACS Disaster Response through the church/conference, by policy 10% is designated for Oregon to fund disaster needs on the local level that may occur at any time. Ninety percent will be sent on to ACS.
- Calling 1-800-381-7171
- Making an online donation at
- Mailing a donation to:
     § Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring MD 20904

In Psalm 9 David proclaims about his God, “He does not forget the cry of the afflicted.” Let us too respond to those cries as God’s Spirit impresses!

Find Out About the Cascadia Subduction Zones

Alice Busch Emergency Manager & Training and Exercise Corrdinator for Multnomah County gave a talk - The Cascadia Peril. Living here in the Greater Portland Area, we have all wondered about the big earthquake expected to hit this region. What do we really know about the Cascadia Subduction Zones and “The Big One”?  What kinds of preparations are being made, both by non-profit and governmental agencies? Are there personal preparations that can be helpful? Is it true they are planning just to evacuate everyone to Eastern Washington? Alice will fill us in regarding the facts and fiction regarding the Cascadia Subduction Zones and the expected impact of an earthquake on our roads, bridges, food and water sources, communication abilities and more. We will learn what both the potential and the limitations are of our planning and response capabilities. 

View This Presentation on YouTube

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To download this audio file click the "Audio Only of This Presentation" link above. Then click the "download" link. Then right click on the audio bar and choose "Download Video". Not sure why it says download video. This is only an MP3 audio file. 

Oregon Members in Ministry Deployed to Arkansas

Even before last week's storms in Arkansas had subsided, Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS-DR) personnel from around the country were teleconferencing, and within hours had assessment teams on the ground. At the request of the State of Arkansas, ACS-DR is fulfilling its primary role in the national disaster response community, which is Donations Operations -- the managing and staffing of a warehouse where donations are sorted and distributed to appropriate agencies. A viable warehouse was identified on Wednesday, April 30, and lodging for volunteers was confirmed on Thursday, May 1 -- all well within the expected timeline for such a project.

Given the limited number of volunteers who can be accommodated at such a site, Oregon Conference was very pleased to have three of our Members in Ministry deployed to Arkansas on Friday, May 2: Dale Ziegele of the Meadow Glade Church in Battle Ground, WA; Joy James of the McMinnville, OR, Church; and Michael Rae of the Grants Pass, OR, Church. All three had participated in Oregon ACS-DR trainings for an assignment such as this; it is Rae's first deployment.

To donate, visit; or make out your check to ACS-DR and mail it to Adventist Community Services, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904; or mark your tithe envelope ACS-DR. (Note that it is ACS-DR, not ADRA, who responds to disasters in the United States.)

How you and your church or group can help
With so much trouble and so many disasters surrounding us, or even far away, what can you do to help? ACS gives advice on how to be prepared for a disaster and to help others when affected here.

A flyer and/or bulletin insert are available for downloading on the Adventist Community Services website.

For an example of how your financial donations and ACS volunteerism are multiplied, read this report from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference ACS Director Terry Haight, who tallied up the value of the volunteers, the donated goods and hlep during one disaster aftermath in 2011.

To donate:
1)    Donate online
2)    Drop a donation in your local church offering place marked ACS Disaster Relief Fund
3)    Call 1-800-381-7171 or

4)    Mail a check or money order to:

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD   20904

Another way to help is for groups to create various types of personal care kits that can be distributed immediately to disaster survivors. Instructions and lists for different types of kits can be found at the NAD ACS website.

Some might want to become a trained volunteer or leader, ready to serve in the traumatic aftermath of disasters. ACS offers training for various aspects of community service, and the training schedule is posted and regularly updated at the NAD ACS website.

For updates, "Like" the following Facebook pages.

NAD Adventist Community Services Disaster Response

North American Division

More tornadoes will come
Some 1,200 tornadoes touch down across the United States each year, most commonly in the spring months, a transition time when unsettled weather is more likely to occur.

50 Amazing Tornado Facts
Keep your family and office staff safe during a tornado
Check out other helpful sites linked at the Adventist Risk Management website

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) is involved in the cycle of disaster by providing training in personal and church preparedness, by providing relief through immediate organized community response through collection and distribution of donated goods appropriate to the situation, and by chain saw ministry, debris removal and other relief endeavors. Adventists are also involved in broad-scale relief by working with community entities and long-term relief committees on an ongoing basis. During peace time Adventist Disaster Response volunteers attend local community meetings dealing with community disaster preparedness.

Oregon ACS DR is a member of Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ORVOAD). North American Division ACS DR is a member of National Voluntary Organizations in Disasters (NVOAD). These organizations are important coalitions of organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Church of the Brethren, Mennonites, Presbyterians and many other faith-based and community organizations who work together to respond to disasters on a national and local level.

ACS DR has an agreement with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide donations management in times of a presidentially-declared disaster. This means any Adventist is welcome to help in all types of disasters if they are licensed responders. FEMA is currently drawing up guidelines which will require all volunteers to be licensed with an affiliated organization in order to be allowed to help in disaster response.

Volunteers are encouraged to become licensed so they can be used immediately and more extensively in disaster. Training events are provided for Seventh-day Adventist members to be ready for disaster here or to deploy to other areas of the country. Please refer to the training schedule listed for the Disaster Response training near you.

Meet the Adventist Disaster Response Leaders