Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
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Hurricanes Sally & Zeta (2020) - Alabama
West Coast Fires (2020) - California & Oregon
Hurricanes Laura & Delta (2020) - Louisiana *
Tornadoes (2019) - Ohio* VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
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.
Tornado Outbreak (Dec 2021) * - Kentucky
Hurricane Ida (2021) - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
On Dec 1 2018 an EF3 tornado hit Taylorville, IL, damaging nearly than 700 homes. Many of those homes were in middle- and low-income areas of the rural town.
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HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Davis Memorial Christian Church; Missions for Taylorville; Taylorville Long-Term Recovery Team
Early Response: Davis Memorial Christian Church was near the path of the tornado, but thankfully did not sustain damage. The congregation quickly began supporting relief efforts, with support from Week of Compassion. Many members of the DMCC had damage at their homes and received Week of Compassion solidarity grants. Through an existing relationship with a local organization home repair organization, Missions for Taylorville, DMCC helped with early responses and began organizing long-term recovery.
Ongoing Engagement: Week of Compassion continues to support Davis Memorial Christian Church and Missions for Taylorville, as they work with the Long-Term Recovery Team to repair damaged homes.