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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Gears up for New Tornado Season

Scientology Volunteer Ministers helped with the cleanup after the May 2013 tornado devastated Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Tornado season fast approaching (there were 39 U.S. tornadoes in February 2013) and Scientology Volunteer Ministers teams from across the country are poised to respond.

The most erratic of natural disasters, the tornado strikes with a fury unparalleled by any other force of nature.  So it was from May 19 to 31, when a series of tornados devastated Oklahoma and other Midwestern states.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Africa Goodwill Tour

Featured in a new brochure published in January 2014, Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tours reach out to individuals and civic, community and religious leaders in remote communities with practical solutions to help improve conditions in life.

According to the Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, there were 296 separate natural disaster events in 2013 causing economic losses of $192 billion. In one recent year, major disasters affected the lives of some 208 million people internationally. Disaster relief organizations are hard pressed to provide even a fraction of the needed relief and care. The international Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team works to fill this gap.

Filling the Gap in Times of Disaster, Large and Small

Hundreds of Volunteer Ministers traveled to South Asia to respond to the 2004 tsunami. Often among the first to respond to disasters, Volunteer Ministers assist emergency workers with whatever task is needed and provide “spiritual first aid” to victims and first responders alike.

According to the Annual Global Climate and Catastrophe Report, there were 296 separate natural disaster events in 2013 causing economic losses of $192 billion. In one recent year, major disasters affected the lives of some 208 million people internationally. Disaster relief organizations are hard pressed to provide even a fraction of the needed relief and care. The international Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team works to fill this gap.

Scientology Group Commended by Commune of L’Aquila, Italy

In northern Italy, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are part of the civil protection team that guards against damage from flooding in the region.

Scientology disaster response team acknowledged for their unconditional help.

 The city of L’Aquila in central Italy presented the Scientology Volunteer Ministers with a plaque in appreciation for their 18,000 volunteer hours spent helping the city and region recover from the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Provide Help in Desperate Times

Scientology Volunteer Ministers who provided disaster relief in the Aceh province of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, the region hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami

New Scientology brochure tells how 600 Scientology Volunteer Ministers who responded to the 2004 tsunami changed the course of the movement.

For the Scientology Volunteer Ministers who responded to the 2004 tsunami, it evokes a time of heartbreak, disaster and bringing hope where there once was only despair.

The day after Christmas in 2004, towering walls of water 98 feet (30 meters) high crashed down on the villages and cities that line the coasts of Indonesia, eastern India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, killing more than 230,000.

Scientology Cavalcades Bring Effective Solutions to Communities

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Cavalcade at Battery Park, New York City. With the motto, “Something can be done about it,” Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveling exhibits or “cavalcades” have been making effective solutions available for a decade.

2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Volunteer Ministers Cavalcades, making the help of the Volunteer Minister available to communities the world over.

The Volunteer Minister program was developed in 1976. Observing the rapid decline of morality and ethics of the late 1960s and 1970s and soaring crime and drug abuse, L. Ron Hubbard initiated the program to provide tools anyone could use to improve the quality of life for his family, friends and community.

Volunteer Ministers Help Sardinia Flood Victims

Volunteers from Scientology Churches and Missions throughout Italy mobilized to help those left stranded by Sardinia floods. Cyclone Cleopatra descended on the Italian island of Sardinia November 19, 2013, sweeping away cars and bridges, flooding streets and homes, killing 18 and leaving nearly 3,000 homeless.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers throughout Italy are helping in the wake of Cyclone Cleopatra, which descended on the Italian island of Sardinia November 19, sweeping away cars and bridges, flooding streets and homes, killing 18 and leaving nearly 3,000 homeless.

The storm has been described as a “national tragedy” by Prime Minister Enrico Letta, and as “apocalyptic” by the mayor of Olbia, the town that took the brunt of its destructive force.

Scientology Volunteer Minister continue Philippines Disaster Response

Scientology Volunteer Ministers in their bright yellow shirts, delivering food to those in need in Tacloban in the Philippines.

Helping the Philippines recover from the typhoon HaiyanA month since Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, the country is still staggering. The Church of Scientology Mission of Manila immediately activated their Volunteer Ministers to help.  They were joined by Volunteer Ministers from abroad who have continued to provide relief to help the country recover.

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