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 Helping Each Other in time of need

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to
improve the world.  In the end we will not remember the words of our enemies,
...but the silence of our friends.
      ~Anne Frank
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
        ~Edward Everett Hale

Did the US Government  learn anything from Katrina?
He did not show up in the area until JUNE 19th!!!!!!
I am from Colorado and Iowa.  I have sand bagged the Mississippi
and I know the resilience and level headedness of MidWesterner's.
They are the hub of our economy; they are the well balanced  
socially and spiritually of our nation and we need to step it up
for them.  The people of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois
do not have a mentality of "you owe me".
One will not hear one peep of complaint out of them.

Let Us
Go to their
aid now.
As the Mississippi River rises, communities are facing huge losses and organizations trying to help them are facing depleted budgets.

The American Red Cross has reported that its disaster relief fund is critically low.
Convoy of Hope, too, has faced economic strain.

Yet both organizations in Springfield continue to send assistance to victims of disasters, including flooding in the Midwest.

Red Cross volunteer Dennis Rutledge recently returned to Springfield after spending 10 days in Columbus, Ind., assessing and helping flood victims meet their basic needs.
Kary Kingsland, Convoy's director of U.S. Disaster Response, continues to work from Burlington, Iowa, organizing assistance to flooded communities on both sides of the river, in Iowa and Illinois.

Convoy also has sent help to communities in Indiana and Missouri, working with partner churches around the flooded areas.

Kingsland said the biggest need the relief agency has now is financial support, which will help to pay for specific products and transportation. So far, Convoy has distributed 460,000 pounds of water, PowerAde, cleaning supplies and paper products in the four states.

He said that most of the financial support Convoy receives is from middle class Americans, who are now facing economic stresses. The floods will only increase that economic impact, he said.

The Greater Ozarks Chapter of the Red Cross has sent out about 26 disaster assistance volunteers to Iowa, Indiana and Wisconsin, said spokeswoman Joann Moore.

Rutledge said the biggest need the people around Columbus had was financial. The Red Cross was able to provide money for food, clothing and bedding.

For many of the people Rutledge saw -- from young families to retired couples -- the floodwaters took everything they had, even their homes.

"That does take a toll on you," he said. "It leaves you with a sense of helplessness ... hopelessness."

For some, the flood was all they could handle. Rutledge recalled a woman who was on the verge of a breakdown after her home was flooded.  Her home had earlier been hit by a tornado, her parents had just died and her husband left her.

For disaster response agencies the flooding in the Midwest also has been the latest in a series of disasters, leaving the agencies stressed.

Last year, Convoy of Hope responded to 16 disasters in the United States. With the year less than half over, the agency has served the same number.
"We're like a lot of (non-governmental organizations). Everybody's been hit really hard," Kingsland said.

Rutledge expects to go out again after a brief rest at home. Kingsland also will continue to serve in the flooded areas, which are likely to continue to face high water and devastation for months to come.

But they will depend on supporters to make their work possible.

Kinship Circle: The Lucky Ones, Iowa Flood Pigs
It is not just pigs, we are highlighting these and will
add more photo's to drive the point home.
People, animals and land and homes are under water

Photos courtesy of Molly Wald, Best Friends Animal Society.

When Kinship Circle began working with Iowa Dept. of Agriculture/Veterinary Response to coordinate volunteers for Iowa animal flood victims — we soon learned about the pig tragedy. Hog farms had filled with water, with pigs trapped in crates and others adrift over a wide swath of southeast Iowa. As many as 40,000 pigs were evacuated. An estimated 4,000 pigs died. Still others swam for their lives in rapid waters. Some managed to hoist their bodies atop levees, only to be shot dead by officials concerned they’d destroy sandbags. Residents and officials herded some on to barges, to ferry them back to owners. Many carcasses remain as waters recede.

But pigs are smart. And some escaped to dry ground. Reports came in daily: Pigs spotted by churches, in homes, near levees, on rooftops. Early during this operation, Kinship Circle called Farm Sanctuary, the nations leading farm animal protection organization, to ask if their Emergency Rescue Team could come to Iowa. Within 24 hours, they were on the road from Watkins Glen, New York to Oakville, Iowa.
On conference call with state officials, we learned that pigs currently stranded, when found, could be taken to a temporary holding area… And once in Farm Sanctuarys custody, receive immediate care and transport to sanctuary. That's right: sanctuary.
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network volunteers have assisted Farm Sanctuary rescuers. See below, to donate to FS Emergency Rescue Fund.

Exhausted from their ordeal, dry pigs finally rest… Bob Rude, of Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network, comforts some of the pigs he, David Halperin, and Cheri Deatsch helped Farm Sanctuary rescue from flooded areas in Oakville, Iowa. Photo credit: Cheri Deatsch, Kinship Circle

6/24/08: Farm Sanctuary catches three scared and weary pigs the evening of 6/23. The next morning Kinship Circle volunteers help Farm Sanctuary rescuers lure a spooked pig from the bushes. They manage to ease him out, but the pig isnt happy about going into an enclosure. After a bit of thrashing and some apparent pig indigestion, rescuers guide him into Farm Sanctuarys straw-lined trailer. One pig is so relieved to finally find comfort, he burrows beneath the straw for a long nap…
A fifth pig plays hard to get, leading rescuers on a panicked chase through the woods before guided to safety inside Farm Sanctuarys trailer.
6/24/08: Aerial surveillance of flooded Iowa regions shows live pigs still stranded on 16 different levee systems. Also spotted on levees: deer, pheasants, coyotes, fox… Pigs begin to show signs of severe sunburn.

6/25/08: Data and mapping for pig locations is sent to Farm Sanctuary and IFAW, also working in Iowa with FS. Many county and state agencies must provide clearance in order for rescuers to get on levees…

Pigs escaped from a flooded Iowa farm and made it to a levee. But they were shot and killed by authorities who said they threatened to weaken the barrier.

Flood waters have ravaged the Midwest, and farm animals need immediate rescue! The recent flooding has hit largely agricultural areas, leaving pigs, cattle and other animals stranded. Hundreds of factory farm pigs have been left trapped and drowning in crates, or freed only to be swept away by rapid currents trying desperately to survive on area levees.  Farm Sanctuary dispatched a rescue team with our large animal rescue trailer last week and we are currently on the ground in Iowa and Illinois to save drowning and stranded pigs.  Farm Sanctuary is working with other organizations to transport surviving pigs to a temporary holding area, and once pigs are in our custody, Farm Sanctuary will be ensuring their immediate care and transport to sanctuary.

Farm Sanctuary is also in urgent need of adoptive homes for rescued pigs. If you are able to provide a loving home to a brave survivor of the Midwest Flood Disaster, please call 607-583-2225 ext. 223.

Days in the Midwest rescuing pets, farm animals
Mr. Rude, who along with his wife, Kathy, runs Rude Ranch Animal Rescue, a small animal welfare outfit in south county, got the call June 16 from Kinship Circle, a national network of animal disaster responders, to head to Iowa to provide assistance to animals displaced by massive Midwest flooding… Working with other rescue volunteers, Mr. Rude has spent the past four days rescuing cats, dogs, pets and farm animals. One of the hairiest rescues was of a pig. “He was a challenge. Pigs don’t like being told what to do. A lot of strength and gumption, but we got it done…”
Concerns leveled over polluted floodwaters in Midwest
More carcasses may be found as hog barns dry out… We can deal with as many (carcasses) as we have. We can bury thousands, if necessary.”
Iowa Floods Wreak Havoc on Farming Communities
One of our trips — I think it was our first trip out this morning, about 5:30 — we saw, as we were driving by, we saw the pigs, the little pink dots, all along this one barn over here. So we swung in there and, sure enough, it was just loaded with probably close to 250 to 300 pigs. After five days in the water, hundreds of pigs were dead, but others had managed to survive. The difficult, dirty and dangerous job of getting the pigs out of the highly contaminated river water began. Richard Crook, Best Friends
Iowa farmer makes a sorrowful choice
The 450 abandoned sows and 400 hogs were still alive. In hopes some might survive, Lanz opened the shed doors, giving the animals a chance of swimming to safety — despite the treacherous currents and the general unfitness of swine for swimming. When Lanz visited a patch of high ground Monday, he found roughly 30 pigs had survived.

Pigs perish on submerged farmland
With dry land miles away, a hog swims in circles near a hog enclosure while straining to survive the Iowa River floodwaters, southeast of Oakville. Many residents were forced to leave their possessions and, in some cases livestock, behind Saturday after the levee broke. Matt Ryerson/ The Hawk Eye

Deputies shoot pigs to save levee, land
Officials said they killed the pigs over worries that they would weaken the levee.
Precious pets reunited with worried owners
…Rescue workers from Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society and volunteer group Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network have picked up dozens of cats and one dog from flooded homes, barns and on top of trees in the Oakville and bottoms area…. The groups, which have been boating back and forth in the area since Tuesday, have been asked to come in by officials at the Iowa Department of Agriculture, mainly to recover stranded pets.
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network was enlisted by Iowa Agriculture Dept/State Veterinary Response to send volunteers for animal flood victims. During disasters, we are on phone, fax, and Internet 24/7. The cost to keep our tiny staff on-call is immense. Any donations are greatly appreciated at this time. Kinship Circle is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.
DONATE BY MAIL: Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd.; St. Louis, MO 63130


Want to help?

For People
- Convoy of Hope
330 S. Patterson, Springfield, MO 65802, 823-8998

- American Red Cross, 1545 N. West Bypass, Springfield, MO 65803,

The Springfield chapter also is offering volunteer orientation classes July 8.

For Animals
Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid Network
was enlisted by Iowa Agriculture Dept/State Veterinary Response to send volunteers for animal flood victims. During disasters, we are on phone, fax, and Internet 24/7. The cost to keep our tiny staff
on-call is immense.

Any donations are greatly appreciated at this time.

Kinship Circle is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Kinship Circle
7380 Kingsbury Blvd.;
St. Louis, MO 63130