Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Hurricanes Sally and Zeta
West Coast Fires
Hurricanes Laura and Delta, Louisiana*
Tropical Storm Imelda, Texas
Hurricane Michael, Florida
Hurricane Florence, North Carolina*
Carr Fire and Camp Fire, California
Hurricanes Irma & Maria, Puerto Rico
Hurricane Irma, Florida*
Hurricane Harvey, Texas
*limited volunteer opportunities available, with COVID-19 precautions
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: 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 Pathway to Homeownership Project will in-fill 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: Week of Compassion is collaborating with Brethren Disaster Ministries to provide rebuild support in the Dayton area, with COVID-19 protocols in place. More information about volunteering is available here.
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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