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
Week of Compassion is in conversation with local churches and partners in these areas where disasters are ongoing or have recently occurred. As needs are emerging, we are assessing potential avenues for response.
Severe Weather Outbreaks and Tornadoes
Winter Storm (Feb. 2021)
Updated March 9, 2021
Event Summary: In mid-February, 2021, a significant winter storm brought historic low temperatures to much of the U.S. and Canada. Impacts were especially consequential in Texas, where counties across the state experienced prolonged power outages, water system failures, and damage due to frozen pipes. Dozens of Disciples congregations sustained damage to their church buildings or at their members' homes. FEMA Disaster Declarations -- DR4586-TX, DR4587-OK, DR4590-LA
How Disciples are Involved:
Local Contacts: Disciples Regions and local congregations, ecumenical partners, TX Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Early Response: Disciples congregations in multiple regions provided relief to their communities through the storm by providing warming shelters, food assistance, and essential supplies. Week of Compassion is supporting these efforts and providing assistance to churches and church members who sustained damage to their buildings and homes.
Ongoing Engagement: TBD
How to Help:
Volunteer: We have ecumenical partners coordinating volunteer teams for clean-up and critical plumbing repairs -- skilled volunteers are needed. There is need, as well, for volunteers to assist survivors in navigating FEMA and insurance claims. Interested volunteers can reach out to Associate Director, Caroline Hamilton-Arnold.
Give to Week of Compassion: Designate “US Storms and Fires”
Pray: Continue to pray for those affected by the hurricane 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 and infrastructure improvements to the water and power systems to mitigate against future events.