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
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.
Hurricane Ian (2022) - Florida
Hurricane Fiona (2022) - Puerto Rico
* bilingual volunteers needed for remote assistance *
Water Crisis (2022) - Jackson, Mississippi
Flooding (2022) - Missouri
Flooding (2022) - Kentucky
Tornado Outbreak (Dec 2021) * - Kentucky
Hurricane Ida (2021) - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
After passing over the US Virgin Islands 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.
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HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
The Bahamas: World Council of Churches; Church World Service; ACT Alliance; and partners through Global Ministries
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: 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.
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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.