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: Overnight between March 2 and 3, a series of tornadoes moved through Nashville and communities to the east. 25 people died in the storms, and several hundred people were injured. As of March 10, several hundred homes were confirmed damaged or destroyed, and damage assessments continue. Federal disaster declaration: DR-4476-TN
Another outbreak on April 12 and 13 caused extensive damage in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas. Response was complicated by restrictions due to COVID-19. Federal disaster declaration: DR-4541-TN
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: The Christian Church in Tennessee; local congregations, especially New Covenant Christian Church and Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville and FCC - Chattanooga and Ashland Terrace Christian Church in Chattanooga.
Early Response: Disciples in the Nashville area began actively serving their neighbors in the days immediately following the tornadoes. In addition to solidarity grants for affected Disciples members and congregations, Week of Compassion has been supporting supply distribution through New Covenant Christian Church and other relief efforts through Woodmont Christian Church. In Chattanooga, Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants for affected Disciples and is collaborating with local congregations to support long-term recovery. We are in regular conversation with Regional leadership and our ecumenical partners to direct resources to places of need.
Ongoing Engagement: We will continue to support the efforts of Disciples in the area and will assess possibilities for supporting long-term recovery. Read more here.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Stay tuned for details about volunteer opportunities. Local volunteers in Nashville can connect through New Covenant Christian Church.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms”
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the tornadoes and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: North Nashville, a historic black community, was hit especially hard by the March tornado, and residents are concerned about displacement and gentrification. Advocate for sufficient recovery resources to be directed equitably across the affected areas and for recovery initiatives that will preserve the history and culture of affected communities.