Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Hurricane Michael intensified rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall along the Florida panhandle as a Category 4 storm on Oct. 10, 2018. The most severe damage occurred in 12 counties in the panhandle, but high winds and heavy rain resulted in downed trees, structural damage, and flooding across several other counties in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: First Christian Church, Fort Walton Beach; Primera Iglesia Cristiana, Fort Walton Beach; Church World Service; Rebuild Bay County; GA Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
While no Disciples congregations were in the direct path of the hurricane, two churches were positioned to help provide relief. Week of Compassion helped connect those congregations with other area partners and provided informational and financial resources to support their involvement in relief efforts.
We continue to work with our ecumenical partners and local long-term recovery groups to provide grant support for long-term recovery. In collaboration with Disciples Volunteering, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries, Brethren Disaster Ministries, we supported the deployment of a long-term recovery consultant to affected counties in southern Georgia. Our partners at CWS are working with migrant and farm-worker networks to help address the needs of these affected communities.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Stay tuned for details about volunteer opportunities.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “Hurricanes”
Pray: Continue to pray for the people of Florida and our Week of Compassion partners.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.