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: After a very rapid development in the Gulf of Mexico, Imelda made landfall in southeast Texas as a Tropical Storm on Sept. 17. It lingered over the region for several days, dropping record-breaking amounts of rain--over 40 inches in some areas. Communities from the greater Houston area east to the Louisiana border saw catastrophic flooding. As of this writing, approximately two dozen Disciples households had reported damage. Some churches are reporting minor damage, but none are known to have flooded at this time. As of November 25, over 10,500 households had been approved for Individual Assistance from FEMA, and many more households were affected but did not qualify for federal assistance.
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: Christian Church in the Southwest, local congregations, local long-term recovery groups, Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County, Church World Service local partners
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided solidarity grants to several affected Disciples churches and households. We worked with the local long-term recovery group and First Christian Church, Beaumont to distribute cleanup supplies, and we remain in conversation with partners in the region who were already working on recovery from Hurricane Harvey (2017) about new or exacerbated needs.
Ongoing Engagement: We are working with SETERF (the Jefferson County long-term recovery group) and Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County to provide support for home repairs.
How to Help:
Volunteer: Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms”
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the storm and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Imelda has received relatively little attention and few resources, given the scope of the damage. Help keep this recovery in the public awareness and consider how you could help bring awareness to the situation.
Heavy rainmaking storms such as Imelda are becoming more frequent and more severe. Advocate for action on climate change and for improvements to infrastructure to mitigate against the dangers of these storms.
Watch our social media feed for photos, stories, and updates about this recovery.