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
Throughout the end of December 2022 and beginning of 2023, California experienced successive major storms that produced record rainfall across much of the state. Even as the state experiences persistent drought, many communities experienced dangerous and damaging flooding. Multiple Disciples church buildings sustained damage, as have several Disciples households. We are in close conversation with Regional staff and local pastors in the Northern California/Nevada Region and the Pacific Southwest Region and with ecumenical partners support in this emerging response and identify long-term needs. - Federal disaster declaration- DR-4683-CA
Read more about how Disciples are responding and how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Northern California/Nevada Region, Pacific Southwest Region, local Disciples congregations, California VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to assist Disciples congregations and households affected by floods and to support organizations (Long Term Recovery Groups) forming to respond.
Ongoing Engagement: Week of Compassion staff is in conversation with ecumenical partners about long-term needs and is working to connect partners with resources and assistance.
HOW TO HELP
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate US Storms
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by this crisis and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Compounding disasters in the region including extreme drought, wildfires, earthquakes and high poverty rates, add to the risk and the complications for communities recovering from these storms.Advocate for action to address climate change and for resources to support communities in preparing for and mitigating against disasters, especially related to water management.