Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
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Earthquakes, Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Imelda, Texas
Hurricane Dorian, Bahamas and Atlantic Coast
Flooding, Oklahoma and Midwest US
Hurricane Michael, Florida
Hurricane Florence, North Carolina
Carr Fire and Camp Fire, California
Hurricanes Irma & Maria, Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irma, Florida
Hurricane Harvey, Texas
Week of Compassion is in conversation with local churches and partners in these areas where disasters are ongoing or have recently occurred. As needs are emerging, we are assessing potential avenues for response.
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.
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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