LDS Church supplies reached victims of Hurricane Ike -- a devastating storm that struck Texas Sept. 13 causing billions of dollars in damage and leaving 2.6 million people without power -- immediately after the disaster.
Authorities have reported a total of 48 deaths in 10 states as Ike moved from Texas northeastward across the U.S. midsection. No missionaries or church members were injured in the disaster.However, approximately 600 members took shelter in more than 20 Church buildings during the storm. Many member homes received water and roof damage. As many as 10 church buildings sustained minor damage in the disaster; the church building on Galveston Island was damaged but found to be in better condition than anticipated, according to a Church Welfare report.