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
2021 - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
On Aug 29 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in southeastern Louisiana, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands (some for weeks) and causing damage to thousands of homes. Several dozen Disciples households and churches were among those who sustained damage. Over 800,000 households registered for FEMA assistance in Louisiana alone. The storms continued to bring wind and heavy rain to multiple states as it tracked inland. The remnants of the storm dropped historic amounts of rain, especially, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, where Disciples congregations and members were again among those affected.
- Federal Disaster Declarations: 4611-DR-LA, 4614-DR-NJ, 4615-DR-NY, 4618-DR-PA.
Read more about how Disciples are invovled AND how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Local congregations, State VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided assistance to and through local Disciples congregations, with solidarity grants for affected congregations and members and grants to support congregational relief efforts. Relief efforts included distribution of food, water, and essential supplies and the offering of church buildings as volunteer housing spaces. Week of Compassion staff also worked to connect local church leaders with resources and assistance information.
Ongoing Engagement: We will continue to support the efforts of Disciples in the area and make recovery grants available to local recovery organizations. Additionally, we are working with ecumenical partners to assist with long-term recovery.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: First Christian Church, Hammond, is hosting volunteer teams in collaboration with Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Max group size is 20. Teams typically serve Monday-Friday, with an orientation Sunday evening. For more information, fill out the volunteer interest form.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate Hurricanes
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the hurricane and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Areas of important advocacy will include support for folks who were already economically unstable because of the COVID-19 pandemic.