“Disaster Response,” Liahona, Oct. 2009, N7
Members in the Teresina Brazil Stake and the Itacoatiara Brazil District are assisting in relief efforts after two months of unusually heavy rains triggered flooding that killed at least 40 people and displaced more than 800,000. No Church members or missionaries were killed, though eight member families were affected by the flooding. From the Amazon to the Atlantic coast, roads, highways, and communities across 10 states were inundated.
Favorable weather allowed firefighters to gain the upper hand on a 9,000-acre (3,640-ha) wildfire in Southern California that displaced 50,000 people, including an estimated 70 percent of members in the Santa Barbara Ward. Eight households in the El Camino Ward, the Goleta Valley Ward, and the Los Olivos Branch were also evacuated. More than 80 structures were destroyed or damaged, including one home of Church members. No Church buildings were affected.