Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Hurricanes Sally & Zeta (2020) - Alabama
West Coast Fires (2020) - California & Oregon
Hurricanes Laura & Delta (2020) - Louisiana *
Tornadoes (2019) - Ohio* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Hurricane Florence (2018) - North Carolina*
Carr Fire and Camp Fire (2018) - California
Hurricanes Irma & Maria (2017) - Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irma (2017) - Florida
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.
Tornado Outbreak (Dec 2021) * - Kentucky
Hurricane Ida (2021) - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
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.
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HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Disciples of Christ congregations across the impact areas, especially First Christian Church of El Reno, OK; 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. In El Reno, OK, we are supporting volunteer opportunities for recovery through a Disciples Volunteering mission station. We are supporting other local long-term recovery groups through direct grants for repair and rebuild efforts and through organizational consultation (in collaboration with Church World Service). Through a collaboration with the Housing Foundation for Sarpy County, we are helping fund 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.