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* 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
2021 - western Kentucky
An historic tornado outbreak caused damage and casualties in multiple states, with the greatest impact in Western Kentucky. Several Disciples congregations were directly affected, with one church building destroyed and dozens of Disciples households among the thousands who lost their homes. Week of Compassion is coordinating with the Region, congregations, and ecumenical partners to provide relief and support long-term recovery.
- Federal disaster declaration: 4630-DR-KY
Read more about how Disciples are involved AND how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Local congregations, Kentucky VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided assistance to and through dozens of local Disciples congregations, with solidarity grants for affected congregations and members and grants to support congregational relief efforts. Relief efforts included distribution of food, water, and essential supplies and the offering of church buildings as volunteer housing spaces. Week of Compassion staff also worked to connect local church leaders with resources and assistance information.
Ongoing Engagement: We will continue to support the efforts of Disciples in the area and make recovery grants available to local recovery organizations. Multiple Disciples congregations have already opened their buildings to host volunteer teams assisting with repair and rebuild work. Additionally, we are in conversation with ecumenical partners about emerging needs. Week of Compassion continues to build partnerships and assess opportunities to assist with long-term recovery.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: Volunteer needs and opportunities are still fluid, and sustained volunteer opportunities are in development. In the meantime, we are working with local congregations and partners, including Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders and others. For volunteer registration information, fill out the volunteer interest form.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate 2021 Winter Tornadoes
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the hurricane and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: The tornadoes damaged a significant number of rental properties, reducing an already strained stock of affordable rental housing. Advocate for support for renters and increased affordable housing across the affected areas. Another important area advocacy will include support for folks who were already economically unstable because of the COVID-19 pandemic.