Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Earthquakes (2022) - California
Wildfires (2022) - New Mexico and California
Hurricane Ian (2022) - Florida
Hurricane Fiona (2022) - Puerto Rico*
Flooding (2022) - Missouri
Flooding (2022) - Kentucky*
Tornado Outbreak (2021) - Kentucky*
Hurricane Ida (2021) - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
West Coast Fires (2020) - California & Oregon
Hurricanes Laura & Delta (2020) - Louisiana
Hurricane Florence (2018) - North Carolina*
Hurricanes Irma & Maria (2017) - Puerto Rico*
Hurricane Harvey (2017) - Texas
Week of Compassion is in conversation with local churches and partners in areas where disasters are ongoing or have recently occurred. As needs are emerging, we are assessing potential for response.
Wildfires - Hawai'i
Tornadoes/Severe storms (2023) - AR, MO, MS, OK, TN
Tornado (2023) - Texas
Tornadoes (2023) - MS, AL, and GA
Severe Storms/Flooding (2023) - California
2022 - eastern Kentucky
A week of extreme rains in Eastern Kentucky led to catastrophic flooding across 20 counties, destroying roads, bridges, buildings, and homes. Tens of thousands of Kentuckians have registered for federal assistance. While we do not have active congregations in the most affected areas, Disciples are responding through partners and planning for long-term re.
- Federal disaster declaration- DR-4663-KY
Read more about how Disciples are involved AND how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Christian Church in Kentucky, First Christian Church Pikeville, Kentucky VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), Local Long-Term Recovery Groups, Appalachian Service Project (ASP), Housing Development Alliance (HDA)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided assistance through the Regional office and Disciples Appalachian Scholarship Ministry. Week of Compassion staff also worked to connect partners with resources and assistance information.
Ongoing Engagement: We are in conversation with ecumenical partners about long-term needs. Week of Compassion has provided grants to several local long-term recovery groups to help organize recovery efforts, including the organization in Pike County (in collaboration with FCC Pikeville). We have volunteer referrals active with ASP and HDA.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: We have two referrals for volunteer opportunities. Find more info here.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate US Storms
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the floods and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: The flooding affected many areas plagued by poverty and the environmental impacts of coal mining. Advocate for adequate resources to assist poor communities and households recover and for recovery plans that help restore the land.