Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Hurricanes Sally and Zeta
West Coast Fires
Hurricanes Laura and Delta, Louisiana*
Tropical Storm Imelda, Texas
Hurricane Michael, Florida
Hurricane Florence, North Carolina*
Carr Fire and Camp Fire, California
Hurricanes Irma & Maria, Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irma, Florida*
Hurricane Harvey, Texas
*limited volunteer opportunities available, with COVID-19 precautions
Week of Compassion is in conversation with local churches and partners in these areas where disasters are ongoing or have recently occurred. As needs are emerging, we are assessing potential avenues for response.
Severe Weather Outbreaks and Tornadoes
Winter Storm (Feb. 2021)
Event Summary: On December 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.
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.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Contact Rev. Bill Kerns, pastor at Davis Memorial Christian Church for more information about volunteering.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms”
Pray: Continue to pray for the ongoing recovery in Taylorville.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.