Domestic Disaster Response & Preparedness
Photo: Craig Thompson, Disciple Design
Earthquakes (2022) - California
Wildfires (2022) - New Mexico and California
Hurricane Ian (2022) - Florida
Hurricane Fiona (2022) - Puerto Rico*
Flooding (2022) - Missouri
Flooding (2022) - Kentucky*
Tornado Outbreak (2021) - Kentucky*
Hurricane Ida (2021) - Louisiana, Gulf Coast, East Coast
West Coast Fires (2020) - California & Oregon
Hurricanes Laura & Delta (2020) - Louisiana
Hurricane Florence (2018) - North Carolina*
Hurricanes Irma & Maria (2017) - Puerto Rico*
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.
Wildfires - Hawai'i
Tornadoes/Severe storms (2023) - AR, MO, MS, OK, TN
Tornado (2023) - Texas
Tornadoes (2023) - MS, AL, and GA
Severe Storms/Flooding (2023) - California
2022 - Jackson, Mississippi
Flooding of the Pearl River caused the failure of the water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi. The city's nearly 200,000 residents were completely without water for a time, and as water returned at low pressure, it was still unsafe for drinking, cooking, washing dishes, and bathing.
Read more about how Disciples are responding and how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Great River Region, Mississippi VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided assistance through the Regional office and their relationships with Working Together Mississippi and New Horizons Church to provide water and other needed supplies. Week of Compassion staff also worked to connect partners with resources and assistance information.
Ongoing Engagement: We are in conversation with ecumenical partners about long-term needs, stemming from both the water crisis and the flood that caused it.
HOW TO HELP
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate US Storms
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by this crisis and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: The infrastructure in many of our cities and towns is vulnerable to similar crises, especially in places where systemic racism has led to decades of neglect and disinvestment. Advocate for mitigation efforts that specifically address infrastructure such as water and power systems.