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
On Jan. 24, the southern edge of a strong front spawned damaging thunderstorms and an EF3 tornado southeast of Houston, TX. Thousands of structures in the suburban communities of Pasadena, Deer Park, and Baytown were affected, with hundreds of homes suffering severe or total damage. Week of Compassion is in touch with Regional leadership, as well as congregations and partners in Harris County, just southeast of downtown Houston, Texas where damage was reported as a tornado touched down. One Disciples congregation had minor damage to their church building and is coordinating with area congregations and organizations to serve nearby neighbors who were impacted by the storm.
Read more about how Disciples are responding and how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: The Southwest Region; First Christian Church, Pasadena, TX; Houston Responds
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided a solidarity grant to First Christian Church, Pasadena to assist with repairs at the church building, and we are working with the church to help provide relief in the community.
Ongoing Engagement: We are in conversation with ecumenical partners about long-term needs.
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: Harris County has high risk for climate disasters including severe storms and hurricanes, which are becoming more frequent and severe due to climate change. Advocate for action to address climate change and for resources to support communities in preparing for and mitigating against disasters.