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
2017 - Florida
On Sept 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.
Read more about how Disciples are involved AND how you can help!
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 is 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 have provided grants to support home repairs through several local Long-Term Recovery Groups and have developed a partnership with the Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance, to replace substandard housing damaged by the hurricane with affordable, quality rental housing.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: None at this time.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate Hurricanes
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 and Immokalee Fair Housing Alliance are working with these communities to address their needs.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.