Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
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.
On July 19, 2018, a tornado outbreak occurred northeast of Des Moines, IA. Among the recorded tornadoes were an EF2 in Bondurant, which damaged several dozen homes, and an EF3 in Marshalltown, which damaged more than 1000 homes as well as multiple manufacturing plants and a downtown business district. Damage to the manufacturing plants in Marshalltown resulted in temporary and long-term unemployment for many residents in the area, including many who also experienced damage at their homes.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Partners: Central Christian Church, Marshalltown; First Christian Church, Bondurant
Week of Compassion provided early support, including consultation, pastoral care, and solidarity grants through First Christian Church, Bondurant and Central Christian Church in Marshalltown. The building at Central Christian Church suffered moderate damage, though they are still able to have full use of the facility. Both congregations were engaged in early relief efforts, providing space for local groups displaced by the storms. 25 households connected to the churches received Week of Compassion solidarity grants.
Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering are working with Central Christian Church to identify potential volunteer opportunities.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Stay tuned for further volunteer opportunities.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms and Fires”
Pray: Continue to pray for the people of central Iowa and our Week of Compassion partners.
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