Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Event Summary: The 2019 wildfire season has, as of early November, already been active. While the multiple incidents so far have been less destructive to homes than those of previous years, they have necessitated widespread evacuations and have damaged or destroyed over 700 structures. Additionally, utility companies have enacted fire prevention measures across the state, including prolonged blackouts during high fire danger conditions. The Kincaide fire in Sonoma County near Geyserville required the evacuation of areas around First Christian Church; thankfully the church did not sustain damage.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: Christian Church in the Northern California-Nevada, Christian Church in the Pacific Southwest, local congregations, local long-term recovery groups
Early Response: In response to the Kincaid Fire, Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to provide relief through First Christian Church Geyserville for those affected by the fire, evacuations, and power outages. We are in conversation with congregations about how to support those detrimentally affected by frequent blackouts. As fire season continues, we remain in frequent communication with church leaders and ecumenical partners. Local organizations are well-prepared to respond and will request assistance as needed.
Ongoing Engagement: To be determined.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Stay tuned for details about volunteer opportunities.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms and Fires”
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the storm and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: The effects of climate change are making the fire season in the Western United States and Canada longer and more extreme. Advocate for action to address the climate change and for adequate funding of proactive mitigation to protect communities from fires.
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