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
Twenty-one tornadoes struck Ohio on Memorial Day 2019, including 11 in the greater Dayton area, damaging or destroying thousands of homes, including multiple apartment buildings. The displacement of renters exacerbated an existing shortage of affordable housing in the Greater Dayton area.
- Federal disaster declaration: DR-4447-OH
Read more about how Disciples are involved AND how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group, Ecumenical Partners, local congregations
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to affected Disciples households.
Ongoing Engagement: Week of Compassion is collaborating with the Miami Valley Long-Term Recovery Operations Group, Brethren Disaster Ministries, UCC Disaster Ministries, and several local organizations to help address affordable housing needs exacerbated by the tornadoes. The Pathways to Homeownership Project in-fills vacant lots with affordable homes; with mentorship, financial coaching, and downpayment assistance, renters displaced by the tornadoes will have an opportunity to move into homeownership.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (June-July 2022) - Week of Compassion is collaborating with ecumenical partners to provide volunteer support in building homes as part of the Pathways to Homeownership Project, with COVID-19 protocols in place. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form or email email@example.com to request registration information.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate US Storms and Fires
Pray: Continue to pray for the people of Ohio and our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Advocate for policies that promote greater access to affordable housing, including affordable rental housing and opportunities for homeownership.
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