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.
Event Summary: 21 tornadoes struck Ohio on Memorial Day, 2019, including 11 in the greater Dayton area. As of Aug. 16, more than 4,000 people from the Dayton area had applied for federal assistance through FEMA.
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: We are assessing needs and potential partnerships and exploring a collaboration to help address affordable housing needs exacerbated by the tornadoes.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Week of Compassion and Disciples Volunteering are collaborating with Brethren Disaster Ministries to provide rebuild support in the Dayton area. Due to COVID-19, the volunteer opportunities have been restricted. The site will open in July 2020 to local volunteers who are able to stay at their own homes and bring their own meals.
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.
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