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.
Throughout the spring and summer of 2019, several bouts of rapid snowmelt and heavy rain caused multiple and recurring flood events across Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, and elsewhere in the Midwest. Thousands of buildings, homes, and farms were inundated with water, ice, and mud.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: Disciples of Christ congregations across the impact areas; local Long-Term Recovery Groups; Housing Foundation for Sarpy County
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to several congregations that had damage to their buildings or were providing shelter and relief to their communities; we also provided solidarity grants to more than a dozen families connected to Disciples congregations. We also helped connect congregations with ecumenical partners like Habitat for Humanity and the International Orthodox Christian Charities to support clean-up efforts.
Ongoing Engagement: Week of Compassion continues to provide relational support through the Regions, to connect congregations with local recovery efforts, and to provide grant funding through congregations active in recovery. We are supporting for local long-term recovery groups through direct grants for repair and rebuild efforts and through organizational consultation (in collaboration with Disciples Volunteering, Brethren Disaster Ministries, and the Disaster Ministries of the United Church of Christ). Through a collaboration with the Housing Foundation for Sarpy County, we are supporting a housing study to address the shortage of affordable housing in the county exacerbated by the floods. We partnered with Disciples Volunteering and the Christian Church in Nebraska to support a Regional volunteer weekend in central Nebraska. In Holt County, Missouri, we are working with First Christian Church, Mound City to provide building materials to homeowners who sustained flood damage.
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 the people of the Midwest United States and our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: These prolonged floods had a significant impact on farmers, who lost crops and livestock, were severely delayed in planting, and may have long-term damage to their land. Advocate for substantial assistance and long-term supports for farmers in affected areas.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.