Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Event Summary: After passing over the USVI and Puerto Rico with limited damage, Hurricane Dorian strengthened to a Category 5 storm and stalled over the northern islands of The Bahamas in early September 2019. Damage to the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco is incredibly severe. The storm then tracked the eastern coast of Florida, remaining a short distance offshore, and causing some damage due to strong winds and storm surge. That track continued along the coast of Georgia and the Carolinas, with the storm closer to shore. After making landfall near Cape Hatteras, NC, the storm continued up the Atlantic. The storm made landfall again in Nova Scotia on on Sept. 7. Structural damage in the U.S. and Canada was less severe than predicted, though many communities experienced extended power outages.
How Disciples are Involved:
The Bahamas: World Council of Churches, Church World Service, ACT Alliance, and Global Ministries partners
United States: Congregations in the Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia Regions; Volusia Interfaith Agencies Networking in Disaster; Children's Disaster Services; Pamlico County Disaster Recovery Committee; Christmount Camp and Conference Center; Bethany Hills Camp; The Retreat at Silver Springs
Early Response: Week of Compassion is in touch with Disciples in the affected regions to provide solidarity grants for households and congregations. As of Sept. 9, no Disciples congregations were reporting damage; Camp Christian in North Carolina had damage to their pier and roof and water damage to some buildings. Johnson Christian Park in Nova Scotia had damage to the camp property, and several Disciples congregations in The Maritimes are assisting neighbors who had damage due to downed trees and power outages. The Christian Church in North Carolina worked with Barton College and local congregations to preposition hygiene and clean-up kits. Several Disciples camps and conference centers opened for evacuees. Our partners at Children's Disaster Services deployed teams to South and North Carolina to provide childcare in evacuation centers. We are in communication with local long-term recovery groups working in communities affected by past storms that may see additional needs from Dorian.
Read more about early response.
Ongoing Engagement: An assessment team made up of several Week of Compassion partners is in the process of developing a response plan, including immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Stay tuned for details about volunteer opportunities.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “Hurricanes”
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the storm and for our Week of Compassion partners.
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