Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Earthquakes, Puerto Rico
Tropical Storm Imelda, Texas
Hurricane Dorian, Bahamas and Atlantic Coast
Flooding, Oklahoma and Midwest US
Hurricane Michael, Florida
Hurricane Florence, North Carolina
Carr Fire and Camp Fire, California
Hurricanes Irma & Maria, Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irma, Florida
Hurricane Harvey, Texas
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.
In May, 2019 a series of tornadoes wrought damage across Missouri, including an EF3 tornado in Jefferson City, which caused severe damage at Community Christian Church, and an EF1 tornado in Eldon. Also among the many damaged buildings in Jefferson City were many rental and affordable housing properties.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: Community Christian Church; First Christian Church, Jefferson City; First Christian Church, Eldon; Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to affected Disciples households, as well as to the affected churches. First Christian Church, Eldon and First Christian Church, Jefferson City helped provide relief to their neighbors, especially providing community meals and food pantry supplies.
Ongoing Engagement: We are continuing to work with local churches and the region to identify needs and ways to help the community going forward. In both Eldon and Jefferson City, Disciples are engaged with community Long-Term Recovery Groups as they coordinate for recovery ahead.
How to Help:
Volunteer: First Christian Church of Jefferson City will be hosting volunteers in collaboration with Disciples Volunteering, Habitat for Humanity, and Transformational Housing. For more information, visit www.discipleshomemissions.org/mo-response
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms and Fires”
Pray: Continue to pray for the people of Missouri and our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: The tornadoes damaged a large number of affordable housing units, especially in Jefferson City. Advocate for the rights of renters and for increased access to affordable housing options.
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