Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Hurricanes Sally and Zeta, Alabama
West Coast Fires (2020)
Hurricanes Laura and Delta, Louisiana*
Tropical Storm Imelda, Texas
Tornadoes, Ohio* 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, 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
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 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 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 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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