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
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
Read more about Disciples involvement.
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.