Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall as a Category 4 storm in the Florida Keys before moving up the spine of the peninsula. Nearly 2.5 million households in Florida registered for assistance with FEMA, many of whom had also suffered damage during Hurricane Matthew just 11 months before.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Partners: First Christian Church, Daytona; Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disaster (VIND)
Week of Compassion provided early support through the Florida Region, offering information and pastoral care. We also provided solidarity grants for 60 households and 17 congregations affected by the storm, as well as the regional church camp: The Retreat at Silver Springs.
Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering are working with Volusia Interfaiths/Agencies Networking in Disaster, the local long-term recovery group, which is housed at First Christian Church, Daytona. We continue to provide significant grant funding for the repair of damaged homes and have the site as a referral option for volunteer teams. We also continue to support the efforts of our partners at Church World Service to meet the unique needs of migrant and farm-worker communities in Florida affected by the storm.
How to Help:
Volunteer: For information about how to volunteer with VIND, visit the Disciples Volunteering “Servants Needed” page and scroll down to Daytona, FL: https://www.discipleshomemissions.org/missions-advocacy/disciples-volunteering/servants-needed/
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms and Fires”
Pray: Continue to pray for the people of Florida and our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Migrant and farm-worker communities were severely affected by Hurricane Irma, and they are often ineligible for or overlooked by recovery efforts. Our partners at Church World Service are working with these communities to address their needs.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.