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
2020 - California & Oregon
An incredibly active wildfire season across the western U.S. included fires of historic size and severity, especially in California and Oregon. In addition to burning millions of acres and thousands of homes, these fires created hazardous air quality across the region and into western Canada. More than 100 Disciples households across multiple states have had to evacuate, and several households have confirmed damage to their homes.
- Federal disaster declarations: California DR-4558-CA; Oregon DR-4562-OR
Read more about how Disciples are involved AND how you can help!
HOW DISCIPLES ARE INVOLVED
Local Contacts: Disciples across the affected states; Oregon and California VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Early Response: Week of Compassion provided early relief to and through local Disciples congregations, with solidarity grants for affected congregations and members, and grants to support congregational relief efforts. Disciples across Oregon collaborated with each other and local officials to help provide emergency shelter and supplies for evacuees. Our staff continue to be in communication with church leaders in the area as well as ecumenical partners through the VOAD network.
Ongoing Engagement: We continue to support the efforts of Disciples in the area and are evaluating possibilities for supporting long-term recovery. Read more here. First Christian Church, Medford, with support from Week of Compassion, is representing Disciples at the Jackson County Long-Term Recovery Group.
HOW TO HELP
Volunteer: Week of Compassion is in conversation with several local organizations about potential volunteer opportunities. To request more information and to stay informed about future opportunities, fill out the volunteer interest form.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate U.S. Storms and Fires.
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the fires and for our Week of Compassion partners.
Advocate: Areas of important advocacy include support for folks who were already economically unstable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the hardest hit communities had high rates of poverty and a preexisting lack of affordable housing, including safe rental housing; advocate for housing solutions that address existing inequalities.