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 - Florida
On September 28, Hurricane Ian made landfall on the central gulf coast of Florida, as a category 4 hurricane, and one of the strongest in the state’s history. Week of Compassion worked with local churches and partners to provide immediate relief, including access to cleaning supplies, basic necessities, and solidarity grants. We continue to be in communication with Regional staff, local church pastors, ecumenical partners, and local long-term recovery groups to assess needs and plan for long-term recovery, including volunteer opportunities. To support this response, designate gifts 'Hurricanes 2022'. To stay informed about volunteer opportunities, complete a volunteer interest form.
- Federal disaster declaration DR-4673-FL
Read more about how Disciples are responding and how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Christian Church in Florida, local congregations, Florida VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), multiple community Long-Term Recovery Groups
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided assistance to and through local Disciples congregations with information and solidarity grants to assist affected Disciples households and congregations. Solidarity grants also supported Disciples as they served their neighbors with emergency supply distribution and collaborations with local food pantries.
Ongoing Engagement: We are in conversation with local Disciples and ecumenical partners about long-term needs and are strategizing for long-term recovery. Long-time Week of Compassion partner, VIND (which has offices at First Christian Church, Daytona), will be coordinating recovery efforts in Volusia County. We are assessing potential for volunteer opportunities and other long-term recovery support in multiple counties across the state.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: To indicate interest in volunteering, fill out the volunteer interest form.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate 2022 Hurricanes
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the hurricanes and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Climate change will make damaging hurricanes more common; advocate for action to address the climate crisis.