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: An incredibly active wildfire season across the western U.S. has 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 have 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
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. 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.
How to Help:
Volunteer: In the coming months, volunteers will be needed for rebuilding. Stay tuned for details about future volunteer opportunities.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US 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 will 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.