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
Multiple fires across the Western U.S. affected communities in 2022.
From April until late June, the combined Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon Fires ravaged Mora, San Miguel, and the edge of Taos Counties in New Mexico, burning 341,471 acres and threatening wildlands, homes and businesses, agricultural resources, and lives in this Hispanic majority region. It was the largest fire in New Mexico’s recorded history with devastation further exacerbated by subsequent flooding when rains finally came to the denuded mountainsides. The Hermit’s Peak Fire Assistance Act provides unique federal assistance resources for this recovery.
In September, the Mill Fire burned 3,935 acres around Weed, CA, destroying homes in the Lincoln Heights and Lake Shastina areas, primarily affecting low-income residents.
While we do not have Disciples congregations in the immediate areas of these fires, Week of Compassion is in contact with partners in affected areas, and we are providing grants to help the communities organize long-term recovery.
Read more about how Disciples are responding and how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
NM - Mora San Miguel Long Term Recovery GroupCA - Mills Fire Long-Term Recovery Group, NorCal VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion connected with partners to identify long-term needs.
Ongoing Engagement: Week of Compassion is working with local long-term recovery groups in both locations to support community-led rebuild efforts.
HOW TO HELP
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate US Storms
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by these fires and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Advocate for sufficient and equitable distribution of recovery resources.