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By: Kimberly Luste Maran, North American Division News, courtesy Adventist Review
The first days of July 2021 have seen Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS-DR) active in the Miami, Florida, United States area, as search-and-rescue teams work in Surfside after the early-morning collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South condominium building on June 24, 2021.
While the recovery efforts continue, ACS-DR has organized a warehouse in partnership with Feeding South Florida with donated supplies for survivors who have been displaced. ACS-DR has also determined various distribution sites, including several Adventist churches, and is working to render aid through emotional and spiritual care providers who support residents and family members affected by the building collapse. As of July 8, 2021, 60 people are confirmed dead and 80 unaccounted for.
ACS-DR is in partnership with the American Red Cross as a team of credentialed emotional and spiritual care providers began helping immediately upon arrival. Counseling was offered to those sheltering at a nearby hotel and to residents and rescue workers near the building.